Gulfport’s Department of Leisure Services provides residents and visitors with programs for youth and the elderly, parks,a  pool, and sports facilities, including gymnasiums, ball fields, and weight rooms. In addition, the department is responsible for community centers, senior centers, recreational facilities, youth athletic leagues, and after-school and summer programs.

The department operates 38 ball fields, 31 parks,5 tennis courts, 3 gymnasiums, 7 walking tracks, all fishing piers and municipal boat ramps and jetties, the Marina, fitness centers, a senior center, a swimming pool, and more than 600 acres of parks and recreational areas.


Harbor Lights

Harbor Lights Winter Festival

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Municipal marina

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Gulfport sportsplex

Gulfport Sportsplex Entrance

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Gaston Point Park play piece

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Leisure Services Philosophy

“We believe that Leisure time opportunities are a basic human need along with health, education, and welfare, and the responsibility for providing wholesome leisure time facilities and activities for the citizens of Gulfport rests with our department.”

“We believe that through these leisure-time pursuits we can provide all citizens that opportunity to grow physically and mentally and find a ‘quality of life and wellness that is both meaningful and abundant.”

“We firmly believe that a primary ‘alternative’ to youth drugs and crime is providing the very young continuous, diversified, and attractive opportunities to develop wholesome, physical, recreational, and artistic skills and interests.”


Summer Camp

The Summer Camp Program will be held amid an ever-changing coastal environment and different living conditions. We have made several changes to our program for this summer as a convenience and service to parents and families.



Community Centers

Gulfport Leisure Services operates Community Centers, Recreation Centers, Facilities & Pavilions, and distinct Parks and Water Recreation areas.

Senior programs take place at Charles Walker Senior Center.



Sports Programs

There are 20 parks, walking trails, and facilities across the city. Splash pads and a city pool are available for a break from the summer heat or you can take a leisurely walk on of the trails.



Host Events

The City of Gulfport currently has numerous recreational and community centers available for rent for your next conference, meeting, or special event. We are ready to host your next event. 



Special Events

The Special Events Division is responsible for activities that are not typically mainstream recreational activities. 




Urban Forestry

The City of Gulfport’s Beautification Department will select, plant, and maintain the tree which will serve as a lasting and living memorial and will help to enhance our City’s natural canopy.




The Gulfport Department of Leisure Services operates and maintains five different cemeteries in the City of Gulfport. Please call for any questions relating to cemetery arrangements or records.




1422 23rd Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501
(* Located on the 2nd floor of the Joseph T. Jones Bldg)
Phone: (228) 868-5881
Fax: (228) 868-5883


  • Department Director
  • Gus Wesson 
  • (228) 868-5881


  • Building Maintenance Superintendent
  •  Ed Hayden 
  • (228) 868-5881 


  • Main Office
  • (228) 868-5881
  • Administrative Bookkeeper
  •  Jim Dyer
  • (228) 868-5881 


  • Centers Supervisor
  •  Reggie Sims
  • (228) 868-5881 


  • Senior Citizen Coordinator
  •  Magdelena Holland
  • (228) 575-4535 


  • Athletics Coordinator
  •  Larry Davis
  • (228) 868-5881 


  • Harbor Master
  • George Manemann 
  • (228) 867-8721 


  • Special Events Manager
  •  Brittany Dyess 
  • (228) 868-5881


  • Beautification Manager
  •  Randy Wales
  • (228) 868-5881 


  • Sportsplex Manager
  • Kirby Jones 
  • (228) 832-4088 


  • Sportsplex Turf Manager
  • Keair Edwards
  • (228) 868-5881