New park director prepares for big summer

By Daniel Brunty
The Webster Progress-Times

New Park and Recreation Director Beau Powell is all too familiar with the outdoor scenery his position requires him to be around. Before becoming the maintainer of the city of Eupora’s beautiful parks, Powell was and is a golf course superintendent for Lindsey Management out of Starkville.

With Powell’s experience with landscaping, it could not have been a better match for the city to hire him for this position.

Eupora will host a Dizzy Dean preseason tournament April 13 at Gary Park.

Eupora will host a Dizzy Dean preseason tournament April 13 at Gary Park.

The city board appointed him interim park director Sept. 26, to serve through Dec. 31. In that short time, he impressed the board with his expertise and skill needed for this position. During their Jan. 6 meeting, aldermen voted to rehire Powell as park director for another six months.

He recently spoke about being hired to the position. “I have enjoyed being able to work hand-in-hand with the community,” Powell said. “It’s a great experience working with parents and being able to work in my field within the community is very rewarding.”

Not only does Powell maintain the upkeep of the park, he is also instrumental in helping develop the summer and winter sports played at the park. With his joy of working in the outdoors as well as with the community, Powell is hoping to keep the rich heritage of baseball alive in Eupora.

“Eupora has always been a baseball town, and we want to keep that tradition going with our youth,” Powell said. “We hope to be able to develop those kids and prepare them for the next level, that being junior varsity and high school. With Trae (Embry) and Kaley (Harris) having such a success in softball, I think it is important for us to coach these kids for them to have a chance to be something special.”

With baseball season approaching quickly, Powell recently wrapped up baseball and softball summer city league registration which ended on March 14. The James O. Gary Sports Complex (Eupora Gary Park) will soon be filled with youth fulfilling their dreams of baseball stardom.

“We recently held a baseball camp at the park, and we are now entering into Dizzy Dean baseball season,” Powell said. “That will be ages from 3-11 years old. We also are preparing for girls’ baseball and softball. Baseball will start on April 25, and girls’ softball will begin on May 5.”

Powell also stated that the city had signed up six tee ball teams, four buddy ball teams, five 7- and 8-year-old teams, three 9- and 10-year-old teams, and one 11- and 12-year-old team.

“We will also be hosting a regional Dizzy Dean preseason tournament on April 13. But we are especially proud to be hosting for the first time in years the 9- and 10-year-old state boys’ Dizzy Dean Tournament in Eupora. We recently held a baseball camp at the park.”

Powell also mentioned that Spud Stennett Park will be open for teams to practice on during its normal hours, and encourages them to make use of the batting cages at Gary Park as well.

For more information regarding any of the upcoming baseball leagues or tournaments, call 552-2529, 258-2291 or email sports@euporagarypark.com.