The Petal Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for implementing and conducting activities for the growing population of Petal, as well as the maintenance of facilities within our parks jurisdiction. Our mission is to provide the guidance and focus to fulfill the recreational needs of the citizens by identifying both physical and administrative goals. Our administrative goal are directed toward communication in increasing public awareness of existing facilities and programs offered by our Department.
Recreation Director Brian Hall leads the department charged with providing Petal citizens with a range of recreational activities and with upkeep of the city’s recreational facilities.
Hinton Park (formally Relay Park) located behind the Civic Center on S. Main St offers 12.5 acres of recreational activities: a playground, walking track, 4 covered picnic tables, a pavilion and restroom facilities. The picnic areas are available on a first come first serve basis. Pets are not allowed at the park or on the walking track.
Veterans Walk of Honor: located between the Petal Civic Center and the Petal Pavilion at Hinton Park. You have the opportunity to honor and memorialize a veteran by placing a brick paver engraved with their name on the Veterans Walk of Honor. To purchase a brick fill out the form below and mail to:
Petal Veterans Walk of Honor
C/O Petal Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 421
712-B South Main Street
Petal, MS 39465
Robert E Russell Sports Complex (City Park) is located at 605 Hillcrest Loop, across from the Petal YMCA.
Complex A offers 25 acres of recreation activities: 3 t-ball fields, 2 baseball fields, concession stand with press box, restrooms, tennis court, walking track, and batting cages.
Complex B is an extension of Complex A. It includes: 4 youth baseball fields, concession stand with press boxes, restrooms, playground (Friendly Park), batting cages, soccer fields, skate park, recreation office, gazebos with tables and benches, and sidewalk around playground with benches.
Complex C (old Optimist Park) is now the home of Petal Dixie Softball Association (Fastpitch). Has 3 softball fields, concession stand, and restrooms.
To rent one of our baseball/softball facilities you may fill out the below excel file and email to firstname.lastname@example.org OR print and fill out the below pdf and deliver to the Athletic Department office at 106 Hilltop Drive. For questions please call the Athletic office at (601)402-7299
Ball Field Rental Form (Excel format, for submission via email)
Ball Field Rental Form (PDF format, for submission in person)
Emma D. Hill Park is located on McInnis Street with 2 acres of recreation activities such as basketball court, swings, slides, grills, and tables.
Petal Dog Park is located behind A&B cycles on Dawson Cutoff Road. It includes 1 acre of dog friendly recreational activities.
Petal’s Recreation Dept. hosts many events throughout the year including the following:
Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball ages 4-18 Petal Baseball Association petalsportsassociation.com
Girls Fastpitch Softball sponsored by Petal Sports Association petalsportsassociation.com; Old Optimist Park Fields
Youth Basketball – Petal Sports Association www.petalsportsassociation.com; Middle School Gym
PeeWee Football and Cheerleading - Petal Sports Association petalsportsassociation.com; Barrontown Community Center Field
Youth 8 and under Soccer – Petal Family YMCA; Relay Park
Petal River Park is located at 828 US HWY 11 with 70 acres of recreation activities such as mountain biking trails, walking trails, nature hikes, numerous picnic areas and large mowed fields for Frisbee, etc. We also host our annual 4th of July Fireworks display (in partnership with Chain Park) at this park, information provided on the Petal Chamber of Commerce website and the Petal Recreation Facebook page.
605 Hillcrest Loop