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Changes coming to Baptist Healthplex in Clinton

By Danny C. Davis

Clinton’s Baptist Healthplex is replacing its basketball courts with pickleball and volleyball courts and a hybrid performance turf and strength area. In this photo, taken in early January, functional fitness equipment is already visible on the south court, which will be the turfed area.

Clinton’s Baptist Healthplex is replacing its basketball courts with pickleball and volleyball courts and a hybrid performance turf and strength area. In this photo, taken in early January, functional fitness equipment is already visible on the south court, which will be the turfed area.

The Mississippi Baptist Healthplex on the campus of Mississippi College has been a Clinton staple public fitness area for many years. Major changes have recently started to the ground floor of the twenty-seven-year-old facility that began operation when the Healthplex was finished in 1997.

In an email to all members in January, Healthplex Executive Director Adam Wade had the following statements.

“For twenty-five years, the Baptist Healthplex has served the fitness needs of the Clinton community, Mississippi College faculty, students, and residents of the surrounding community. Since the Healthplex’s inception, we have strived to offer a variety of programming and equipment that supports a well-rounded and broad approach to fitness. We continually seek ways to deliver an improved, premium fitness experience.”

“After consulting with the Healthplex staff, Board of Directors, and surveying members in 2022, we have decided to replace the basketball courts with pickleball courts and a hybrid performance turf and strength area. This renovation will transform the south court into a turfed area that will expand our functional fitness area. Our members will enjoy a new ‘boot camp’ and high –intensity class experience, while the north court will be used for pickleball and volleyball. Two basketball goals will remain for Mississippi College-related events only. Our goal is to provide a premier health and fitness facility in a safe environment.”

Wade, who became executive director of the Healthplex in July 2022, said the first phase of the renovations are already underway.

“We have already removed the basketball goals, and we plan to begin sanding the north court floors the week of January 29 and relining it for pickleball courts. We have also already begun moving the new equipment onto the south court,” said Wade. “Bootcamp classes have also already begun on the south court.”

“Phase two will soon begin, to add the turf and rubber floor to the south court. Pickleball nets will be set up on the north court when classes are not being held. Our official schedule for pickleball courts will be posted as soon as we work through the process,” said Wade.

Wade expects the final touches on the turf side to be completely finished by early March.

No changes are planned for the second-floor weight and fitness machine area and the one-tenth-of-a-mile jogging and walking track.

Rendering of the planned logo placement for the conversion of the Clinton Healthplex indoor basketball courts. The north side will be relined for pickleball courts and volleyball, and the south side will see a turf and rubber floor added for a hybrid performance and strength area.

Rendering of the planned logo placement for the conversion of the Clinton Healthplex indoor basketball courts. The north side will be relined for pickleball courts and volleyball, and the south side will see a turf and rubber floor added for a hybrid performance and strength area.

According to Wade, discussions about the proposed changes have been going on for a long time.

“When I came on board in the summer of 2022, the discussion about changes was already going on,” said Wade.

Said Wade, “This change may disappoint some of our members, but we want everyone to enjoy using the newly-renovated space.”

The Baptist Healthplex at Mississippi College is owned fifty percent by Baptist Hospital and fifty percent by Mississippi College.

The Clinton facility has 5,700 members, including Mississippi College faculty, staff, and students and Clinton area residents.

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