A partnership between two non-profits, the Jackson Urban League and the Mississippi Road Map to Health Equity, to create a job training program for high school graduates could keep the Jackson, Miss., property open, with federal dollars helping to fund the golf course.
Jackson, Miss., leaders are discussing a potential partnership that could prevent the Grove Park Golf Course from closing, the Jackson-based WJTV 12 reported.
At a community meeting, Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber announced that the Jackson Urban League and the Mississippi Road Map to Health Equity will potentially partner to keep the course open. The non-profits plan to start a job training program at the golf course for non-college bound high school graduates from Jackson Public Schools. It would potentially mean federal dollars could help or fully fund the golf course, WJTV reported.
“They will learn different activities like chemicals, maintaining the greens, and concessions,” said Yarber. “So all of those life skills we are looking at teaching here.”
The city will still be in control, Yarber said, adding that the partnership could be the course’s “only ace,” WJTV reported.
“This gives us a chance to see the park thrive and do well and continue to serve folks in this community,” said Yarber.