TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - City parks are generally quiet right now.
But as summertime approaches, softball and baseball fields, the city pool and other public areas will be busy.
That's where summer workers come in to play.
Amy Kennedy with Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department said, "We are really busy during the summer months. The pools are open. We have a lot of soccer, baseball and softball tournaments. It's very important for us to have those seasonal employees."
Tupelo Parks and Rec will end up with several dozen summer workers in their department alone.
The parks and rec department in the city is one of many that hires summer workers.
The summer hires, most of whom are high school students, work with parks and rec, the water and light department, and public works.
Some Tupelo students are also able to take part in the Plant-A-Seed summer program.
Contanna Purnell with the City of Tupelo Human Resources Department said, "Right now we've collected over 180 applications for our summer program including Plant-A-Seed and our regular summer project."
Whether it's helping maintain a baseball field or a city street, officials say the jobs help teach the workers important lessons.
Kennedy said, "This is a great first job for many young adults in our community."
With so many applications, the city can't hire everyone.
Officials say they hope they and local employers can join forces to give these applicants a place to work.
Purnell said, "There are kids out there wanting to work. It's just finding a job where they can be placed to work somewhere."