JONESBORO, AR— Mayor Harold Perrin announced today the City of Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Department is in the final stages of negotiations on an agreement with Mid-America Sports Management to administer City Stars baseball and softball at Deral Burrow Sports Complex. Once approved by the City Council, the program will be free to all Jonesboro youth and will initially target children ages 4-14. According to the 2000 census there are over 4,000 youth age 5-18 within two miles of Deral Burrow Baseball Complex
The City of Jonesboro has yet to finalize a contract with Mid-America Sports Management, but it hopes to present a contract to the City Council in February. The company has an existing relationship with the city; but the new agreement changes the scope of services and moves the company from a "tenant user" to a program provider; one that Parks and Recreation Director Jason Wilkie much is much needed. "We've been working on this very hard for the last 5 weeks and I hope to present this to the council Public Services committee at its next meeting" Wilkie said. "Our timeline is tight. With the Mayor on board already, we wanted to go ahead and announce the program so we can begin raising the funds to start the program in March. We don't want to miss a single day of allowing these kids the chance to participate in a free sports league if we can help it."
Information on player registration sign-ups will be announced at a later date. For more information about the program or for sponsorship opportunities and donations contact Jason Wilkie at the Parks Department at 933-4604 or Jeff Smallmon, with Mid-America Sports Management at 215-1328.