Parks & Recreation
The City of Gautier operates 5 parks throughout the city. These parks are maintained by the Cultural Services Manager.
Shepard State Park
Shepard State Park has 395 acres abounding with trees and wild flowers, bike and nature trails, 28 developed campsites, 1 bathhouse, tent camping and picnicking and 18-hole disc golf course.
The park is nestled in the heart of Singing River (Pascagoula River) country, where legend has it that members of the Pascagoula Indian nation linked hands and walked into the Pascagoula River rather than be taken captive by hostile Indian tribes. The mournful death chant they sang as they walked earned the Pascagoula River the nickname “Singing River”. Tales of the heroic exploits of French and Spanish settlers and romantic legends of the Pascagoula and Biloxi Indians are standard fare in the scenic coastal area surrounding Shepard State Park.
Bob Hayes Park
The playground at Bob Hayes Park is a Kaboom park built by volunteers on January 31st. It has two bays of swings, a play dozier for the younger children and a rock climbing wall and slide for the older children. Map It!
Bacot Park is home to the Dixie Youth Baseball League and Youth football. It features concession stands for both events, a press box, playground and the Boys & Girls Club. Map It!
Gautier City Park is located at 902 De La Pointe Drive. The park has picnic tables, charcoal grills and a brand new playground! It also offers access to hot local fishing spots and the Mississippi Sound.
New playground equipment was dedicated on Saturday, November 21st. The City plans more improvements to Frasier Park, including resurfacing the basketball court, refurbishing the playing fields and new bathrooms.
Estuarine Education Center
The EEC provides a great service to the community, giving residents and visitors tourism opportunities, including birding, photography and paddling. School groups also visit the center where they get exposure to outdoor learning and leadership skills. Recreational activities include outdoor exploration and fitness opportunities on the water, trails and ropes course. Surrounding bodies of water allow students to explore and expand their knowledge of nature and how to preserve it.
Be sure to include the EEC on your favorite-destinations list.