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Updated: 2/16/2014 11:05 pm
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) — West Point's Parks and Recreation Department has been busy with a number of projects helping to refurbish the Jesse W. Harmon Sports Complex and Marshall Park.

The work at the complex has helped the city attract some youth baseball tournaments this spring and summer.

"Got a lot of dirt work in. Done some cosmetic maintenance out there, and we have installed several swing sets so the kids will have something to do while older brother, older sister is playing baseball," said Jarrod McDaniel, West Point Parks & Rec administrator. "It's pretty much going to be a family affair out there."

Hosting large baseball tournaments along with the construction work on the new Yokohama Tire plant can help the city as West Point is looking to overcome a challenging economy.

"Bringing the people into our town, staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants are just an overall growth in economy, number one, and then they can visit downtown where people have opened up all these antique shops," said James Crowley, West Point Parks & Rec director.

Each of the eight baseball tournaments is expected to attract between 10 and 20 teams. The number of people expected in West Point to watch these games ranges from several hundred to more than a thousand.  Because of that, the city is calling on people from the community to volunteer.

"And we're going to make it as easy as we can for the volunteers," said McDaniel. "We're going to have the food and everything set up so basically they just serve, clean up a little afterwards, and they're done."

Once the tournaments are completed, plans call to keep the Jesse W. Harmon Sports Complex and Marshall Park in top shape.

"Right after the season ends, we'll, of course, do some maintenance and make sure the dirt and everything is prepared, and really, it won't be very long till we're turning around and doing this again next year," said McDaniel.

If interested in volunteering, you can attend a meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the recreation building at Marshall Park.

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