Valley Parks and Rec hosting multiple programs this summer

Published 10:18 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019

VALLEY — There are many different ways Valley residents can avoid boredom this summer at the Valley Sportsplex.

Offering over eight different programs and camps, there are activities available for citizens of all ages.

Lanett graduating senior Kolby Davidson recently bought a membership to the community center so he could use the facilities during his free time.

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“When I was little, and I just wanted to play basketball, I’d come here to shoot or use the football field out there,” Davidson said. “It’s really convenient because I can just get up, it’s not very far, come in, do what I have to do and then go home.”

This year’s Master Games of Alabama District games for adults over the age of 50 begins on June 7. The athletic series features nerf and frisbee throw, basketball throw, softball, basketball, dominoes doubles, rook, horseshoes, shuffleboard, checkers, dominoes singles and table tennis. On the state level of the games, swimming, golf, bowling, billiards, tennis and a 5k run are also offered.

At the community center’s pool, swim lessons for parent and child, preschool, school and adult-aged individuals are offered. Lifeguarding courses are also available, and Valley does have a swim team.

There are many fit camps to register for, including Boot Camp, Metabolic Fit, Dance2fit, DDP Yoga, Silversneakers, AM Fit Mix and volleyball.

The Top Notch Tumbling Summer Camp is also returning for participants ages pre-k through fifth grade. At Top Notch, campers can develop skills on a balance beam, kip bar, floor, skill shapes and a tumble track.

Sessions for volleyball camp will be held every Wednesday morning in June from 10 a.m. to noon. The instructed has been involved with the program at Point University.

The Piedmont Motorsports Middle School after school program was a three-to-five-day-a-week 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. program designed for students to apply math, science and technical skills while building and racing RC Cars. The students also competed in national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competitions.

Of course, youth softball and baseball leagues are going on at the Sportsplex, as well. All-Star teams are now preparing for summer tournaments. Three teams are participating in the Dixie League tournaments in June. The 11 and 12-year-olds will be participating in the district tournaments on June 14 in Russell County. Valley is hosting the nine and 10-year-old baseball Division I and II tournaments on June 14. The seven and eight-year-old coach pitch team will play in district tournaments in Dadeville on June 21. Both of the girls programs will participate in a state tournament in Montgomery on July 12 through the 14. 

Applications for the adult softball leagues will return following the conclusion of youth all-star play this summer.

“I encourage everybody to come, try to get a membership or just come when you have time because there’s a lot of things to do here,” Davidson said.

For more information on any of the aforementioned programs, those interested can contact Valley Recreational Director Laurie Blount at 334-756-5281.