Southaven park is a youth sports destination

By The Associated Press

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Southaven’s city administrator says officials knew that a youth baseball park would draw tournaments and boost tournament. But Chris Wilson says Snowden Grove Park brought an unexpected benefit in the 12 years since it was built — economic development of the area around it.

He says there are now nearby shops and subdivisions called Snowden Grove.

Wilson tells The Commercial Appeal that a Fortune 500 engineering and project development company wants to study the park to help other groups find similar success.

The park is hosting 15 tournaments this summer, including the Global Sports World Series and the well-attended Dizzy Dean World Series July 22-28.

Wilson says youth baseball tournaments put about $1.6 million a year into the general fund. Most of it is used to maintain the complex