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Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation Department
2500 Chisholm Rd.
Florence, AL 35630
Telephone (256) 760-6416
Fax (256) 760-6497

Email: Tina Kitchens, Director

Archery
Baseball & Softball
Basketball
Camping
Cheerleading
Classes
Clubs & Organizations
Disc Golf
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Horseshoes
Mountainbiking
Parks
Picnics
Recreation Centers
Senior Activities
Soccer
Special Events
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Walking/Jogging
Important Phone Numbers

Archery

WHAT:

Archery is a sport that requires skill, practice and a good eye. Florence has an indoor archery range, used for practice and to improve skills.

WHERE:

Cox Creek Park. Call 760-6416.

MORE INFORMATION :

Call 760-6416 for more information.


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Baseball and Softball

WHAT:

It’s the great American sport. Whether you’re interested in a pick-up game or playing in a league, the City of Florence has baseball and softball for all ages.

For Youth:
Handy Center Summer Softball League:
Co-sponsored by the Florence Housing Authority
• Tee-Ball, boys and girls, ages 8-10
• Co-ed softball, boys and girls, ages 11-15
Each team plays five games; registration takes place in June, and the season is from June to August.
Call 760-6435 for more information, or log on to www.shoalscalendar.com.

Girl’s Softball League:
• Softball, ages 9-11
• Softball, ages 12-14
• Softball, ages 15-18
There is a registration fee and parent’s signature is required. Registration is in March; the league plays May through July.
Call Martha Townley or Ronnie Hooper at 760-6624 for more information, or log on to www.shoalscalendar.com.

Babe Ruth Baseball:
• 13, 14 and 15 year-old leagues
There is a registration fee and parent’s signature is required. Registration is in March; the league plays April through July.
Call Ronnie Hooper or Martha Townley at 760-6624 for more information, or log on to www.shoalscalendar.com.

Midget League Baseball:
• Tee-Ball, ages 6-8 (coach pitch)
• Ages 9-10 (machine pitch)
There is a registration fee and parent’s signature is required. Registration is in April; the league plays May through July.
Call Ronnie Hooper or Martha Townley at 760-6624 for more information, or log on to www.shoalscalendar.com.

For Adults:

Adult League Softball:
• Men’s League
• Church League
• Co-Ed League
There is a registration fee, and the deadline for registration is in March. The season is from April - July.
Call Martha Townley or Ronnie Hooper at 760-6624 for more information, or log on to www.shoalscalendar.com.

Senior Baseball:
For ages 40+.
There is a registration fee; the season is July - October.
Call Martha Townley or Ronnie Hooper at 760-6624 for more information, or log on to www.shoalscalendar.com.


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Basketball

WHAT:

Great exercise - great fun! The City of Florence has lots of places to play this popular sport.

Adult League Basketball:
• Slow break, ages 20+
Registration deadline is in October. There is a per-team fee; the season is December - March.
Call Martha Townley or Ronnie Hooper at 760-6624 for more information.

Church League Basketball:
• 7-8 year old boys & girls
• 9-10 year old boys & girls
• 11-12 year old boys & girls
• 13-14 year old boys & girls
• 15-18 year old boys & girls
Registration deadline is in October. There is a registration fee charged and a parent’s signature is required; the season is December - March.
Call Martha Townley or Ronnie Hooper at 760-6624 for more information.

Handy Center Adult Basketball League:
Co-sponsored by the Florence Housing Authority and the Boys and Girls Club.
There is a registration fee; deadline for registration is late December.
Call Jimmy Lee Robinson at 760-6435 for more information.

Rec League Basketball:
• 8 & under boys & girls
• 10 & under boys
• 10 & under girls
• 12 & under boys
• 12 & under girls
• 14 & under boys
• 14 & under girls
Registration begins in October and ends in November. There is a registration fee charged, and a parent’s signature is required; competition begins in early December and lasts until the middle of February.
Call Martha Townley or Ronnie Hooper at 760-6624 for more information.

WHEN:

Various leagues play at various times. For current information, call the numbers indicated or log on to www.shoalscalendar.com.

WHERE:

Florence Coliseum
Handy Recreation Center


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Camping

WHAT:

What could be nicer than camping next to the beautiful Tennessee River? Two campgrounds provide RV and tent camping, with electrical and water connections, waste stations, showers, restrooms and washers and dryers.

WHERE:

McFarland Park, 50 campsites
Veteran’s Memorial Park, 22 campsites

WHEN:

McFarland Park is open from March through November; Veteran’s Park is open year-round.

HOW MUCH:

Fees are charged and are collected by the Park Rangers. Tent camping: $11 per night
Regular campsites: $14 per night
Senior citizens (62+): $10 per night
Additional vehicles: $15 each
$3.00 fee for advanced reservations.
Discounts available to those who are disabled if they present a handicapped license plate or sticker, a Golden Access Pass or a state-issued card.

RESERVATIONS:

Reservations may be made up to one year in advance by calling 740-8817. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.


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Cheerleading

WHERE:

Florence Coliseum, registration
Veteran's Memorial Park, cheering

WHEN:

Registration is held in August; cheering season for youth football is September through October.

HOW MUCH:

Fees are charged, and a parent's signature is required. The cost of uniforms varies and is determined by the individual squads.

REGISTRATION:

Contact Ronnie Hooper or Martha Townley at 760-6624.


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Classes

WHAT:

The City of Florence offers a variety of educational classes, designed to teach a new skill or help with a skill level. They are fun! Please note that dates and times may vary due to weather and/or instructors. Please call for confirmation or further information.

BATON
Offered for ages 5-16 at Royal Avenue Recreation Center each Wednesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. A monthly registration fee is charged.

LADIES GOLF
Ladies golf lessons are offered at the golf course; class size is limited. There is a fee charged. Call the Pro Shop at 760-6428 for more information.

JUNIOR GOLF
Offered for ages 8-16 at various levels of experience. Contact Blackberry Trail for more information at 760-6428.

FITNESS
Certified instructor Linda Clanton leads the class in low-impact aerobics and floor exercises on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, and in walk/run/jog exercises on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes are held at Broadway Recreation Center, Royal Avenue Recreation Center and Martin Park. A monthly registration fee is charged. Call 760-6418 for more information.

SWIMMING
Various classes are offered for infants through adult, taught through the American Red Cross. Classes are held at Royal Avenue and Handy Recreation Centers during the summer. A registration fee is charged; for more information, contact the American Red Cross at 764-2911.

TENNIS
Tennis league play is welcomed, but must submit a roster and pay a nominal fee. League play is on Royal Avenue and Veterans Park courts only; Cox Creek Courts are for “free play” and tournaments.


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Clubs & Organizations

WHAT:

Have an interest? Join the club! It’s a great way to meet people and learn new things.

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
Meets at Royal Avenue Recreation Center the third Thursday of each month for a covered dish luncheon from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

BRIDGE
Bridge is played at Royal Avenue Recreation Center each Monday from 12:30 - 5 p.m., and at the Senior Citizen Center each Wednesday from 12:30 - 5 p.m.

BROADWAY SENIOR CITIZENS
This club meets for cards and games the third Tuesday of each month at the Senior Citizen Center from 6 - 9 p.m. Snacks are served. Call 760-6420 for more information.

CHEER CLUB
This club offers special programs, fun and fellowship for physically and mentally challenged people, and meets the first and third Mondays from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Royal Avenue Recreation Center.

DULCIMER CLUB
Instructions and jam sessions held on the fourth Saturday each month at the Senior Citizen Center from 6 - 10 p.m. For more information, call 760-6420

NIGHT OF FUN
Dance every Tuesday from 6:30 - 9:30 at Broadway Recreation Center. This dance is for people 50 and older. Sunshine Band provides the entertainment. For more information call 760-6420.

SQUARE DANCE CLUBS
Circle Eight Square Dance Club meets every Tuesday night from 7 - 10 p.m. at Royal Avenue Recreation Center. Couples only; beginner classes offered.

Quad-Cities Squares meets every Thursday from 7-10 p.m. at Royal Avenue Recreation Center. Open to singles and couples; line dancing also incorporated, and free classes are offered during “Introduction to Dance Nights.” For information call Royal Avenue Recreation Center at 760-6425.

There is a Square dance every Thursday from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Senior Center. Call the Senior Center for details at 760-6420.

TENNESSEE RIVER WOODCARVERS
Shoals area woodcarvers meet at Royal Avenue Recreation Center the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month; call 760-6425 for more information.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Meets Mondays from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Participation is not limited to Senior Citizens. Call 760-6420 for more information.


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