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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
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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

Picnics

WHAT:

In the mood for a picnic? We’ve got your spot!

WHERE:

Martin Park surrounding Royal Avenue Recreation Center.
• Picnic shelters and tables

McFarland Park on the banks of the Tennessee River
• Picnic shelters with fireplaces
• Picnic tables

Veterans Memorial Park just off Wilson Dam Road.
• Picnic shelters with fireplaces
• Picnic tables

Wildwood Park on the banks of Cypress Creek
• Picnic tables
• Shelter

WHEN:

Year-round

OTHER:

For more information or to reserve a shelter, call 760-6418. Park shelters are free of charge, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, to reserve a shelter for a specific day and/or time please call. (There is a nominal charge for reservations.)


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Recreation Centers

Broadway Recreation Center 300 Broadway Street.
• Youth recreation activities for ages 7-15
• Gym
• Game Room
• Playground
• Baseball Field
• Shuffleboad
• Weight Room
Center Supervisor: Doug Griffin, 760-6418

Handy Recreation Center at 1105 Beale Street.
A multipurpose facility, which includes:
• Swimming pool and slide
• Outdoor basketball goals
• Gym
• Softball field
• Playground
• Exercise
• Can be rented for private parties
Center Supervisor: Jimmy Lee Robinson, 760-6435
Summer hours (June - August) for Broadway and Handy Recreation Centers:
Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Royal Avenue Recreation Center at 421 N. Royal Avenue
A multipurpose facility, which includes:
• Swimming pool
• Tennis courts
• 3/4 mile walking/exercise trail with restroom facilities
• Playground
• Picnic shelters
• Can be rented for private parties
Center Supervisor: Rhonda McCarley, 760-6425.

Florence Senior Center at 415 Fairgrounds Road
• Exercise area
• Billiards
• Variety of programs
Center Supervisor: Angie Roberts, 760-6420.


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Senior Activites

WHAT:

Looking for activities for Seniors? We have just what you're looking for!

The Senior Center serves a hot lunch, at a nominal charge. Call 760-6668 for more information

LifeWise, the Senior Activity group for Coffee Health Group, holds its meetings at the Coliseum and activities are coordinated with the Florence Senior Center. Through LifeWise, you can take advantage of trips, programs, educational activites, and social clubs.

WHERE:

The Florence Senior Center at 415 Fairgrounds Road
A multipurpose facility, which includes:
• Quilting programs
• Cards
• Billiards
• Exercise area
• Nutrition Program
The Senior Center is available for private parties

WHEN:

Year-round For information on programs at the Florence Senior Center, contact Center Supervisor: Angie Roberts, 760-6420.


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Soccer

WHAT:

Soccer is probably the world’s most popular sport, and it’s popular in Florence as well! The Soccer program encourages participation, physical conditioning, and self-improvement without undue pressure. The main emphasis is on fun!

WHERE:

North Florence Soccer Complex
Cox Creek Park
McFarland Park
Practices also take place at Hibbett and Forest Hills Schools.

WHEN:

Year-round.
League play is from mid-September through November.

OTHER:

For League play, there is a small registration fee required and a parent’s signature is required. Divisions include:
• 6 & 7 year old co-ed division
• 8 & 9 year old boys
• 10 & 11 year old boys
• 12-14 year old boys
• 8-10 year old girls
• 11-13 year old girls
• 14-17 year old girls
For more information, contact Martha Townley or Ronnie Hooper at 760-6624.


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Special Events

WHAT:

There’s always something going on in Florence! This is just a partial list; for more information and specific details, visit www.shoalscalendar.com.

Florence Wagon Festival, May, a parade in historical East Florence honoring world-famous Florence Wagon Works (1889-1941). Call 740-4141 for more information.

Arts Alive, May; a juried art show and exhibit in Wilson Park and the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts.

Spirit of Freedom Celebration, July 4th, at McFarland Park. A huge gathering for music and fireworks that lasts all day long.

W.C. Handy Music Festival, the end of July and first of August each year. Events take place all over the Shoals, with singing, Street Strutting, bike races, a 5K run, and entertainment everywhere!

Sweetwater Reunion, late August, at the Florence/Lauderdale Coliseum. Everyone with ties to East Florence and the Sweetwater area are invited to come.

Trail of Tears Commemoration and Motorcycle Ride, mid-September. A commemoration of the Indian removal, known as the largest organized motorcycle ride in the South.

Festival of the Singing River, mid-October in McFarland Park. Ceremonial dances, skilled artisans, story telling, and a celebration of Native American culture and history.

Alabama Renaissance Faire, late October, Wilson Park. Florence, Alabama, becomes Florence, Italy, for one wonderful weekend as the city recreates the atmosphere of an authentic medieval Renaissance Faire.

Festival of Lights, early December, Wilson Park. The traditional Christmas lighting of the Park.

NCAA Division II Championship Football, early December, Braly Stadium. The best two Division II teams battle for the national championship each year.

For more information, contact Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 740-4141, or log on to www.flo-tour.org. Specific dates and times are also available at www.shoalscalendar.com.


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Swimming

WHAT:

Who hasn’t heard that swimming is the ultimate low-impact aerobic sport? It’s an excellent way to get in shape and stay in shape, for all ages.

WHERE:

Handy Recreation Center
Royal Avenue Recreation Center

WHEN:

From June 1 until Labor Day each year. The Handy Pool is open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Royal Avenue pool is open Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. There is a small admission charged at each pool. Children six years and under in the baby pool must be accompanied by an adult.

OTHER:

For more information about the Handy Pool, call Jimmy Lee Robinson at 760-6435; for Royal Avenue, call Rhonda McCarley at 760-6425.

WHAT:

The Florence Alabama Swim Team, “FAST” is a competitive swim program for ages 6-18. The swim team is affiliated with USA Swimming and the Tennessee Valley Conference.

WHERE:

Royal Avenue Recreation Center

WHEN:

FAST offers a fall/winter session and a summer session each year. Registration takes place throughout the year at Royal Avenue Recreation Center.

OTHER:

For more information call Royal Avenue at 760-6425.


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Tennis

WHAT:

The fastest growing sport in the Shoals area! Florence has wonderful tennis courts, for individual or league play.

WHERE:

Six lighted courts at Veteran’s Park
Six lighted courts at Martin Park
Six lighted courts at Cox Creek Park

WHEN:

Courts are open year-round. From May 1 through November 31, all courts are lighted from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
From February through May, Coffee High School Tennis Team uses the Royal Avenue courts and Bradshaw High School Team uses the Cox Creek Park courts. Practice sessions usually begin about 3:30 p.m. League play must be scheduled by calling 760-6416.

OTHER:

Tennis lessons are offered at Cox Creek and Royal Avenue/Martin Park during the spring and summer months. For more information, call 760-6416 or check the calendar at www.shoalscalendar.com.


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Volleyball

WHAT:

Volleyball isn’t just an outdoor sport, played on the beach. In Florence, it’s played indoors, in one of two excellent facilities. League play is a lot of fun!

WHERE:

Handy Recreation Center (3)
Florence/Lauderdale Coliseum (2)
Veterans Park (outdoor net) (5)

WHEN:

October through December.

OTHER:

League Divisions at the Coliseum:
• Men’s
• Women’s
• Co-ed
• Church Co-ed
For information, call Martha Townley or Ronnie Hooper at 760-6624.

In addition, an Adult co-ed and Women’s League play at the Handy Center. For information, call Jimmy Lee Robinson at 760-6435.


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Walking/Jogging

Walkers

WHAT:

Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the world, and Florence has an abundance of walking trails! Each has its own unique terrain and landscape, but all are expertly maintained and are regularly patrolled for your walking safety. Youˇre likely to see lots of people you know when you walk one of Florence's trails.

WHERE:

Royal Avenue / Martin Park: 3/4 miles with exercise stations.
Deibert Park: includes restrooms, an interpretive trail and a variety of courses.
McFarland Park / Florence Harbor: a scenic sidewalk surrounding the harbor is perfect for joggers and walkers.
An extensive Riverwalk is planned.
Wildwood Park: Nature trails, as well as beginner and advanced mountain bike trails. Located on the banks of Cypress Creek.

WHEN:

• Walking trails are open year round.
• Most parks open at dawn and close at dusk.
For more information, call 760-6416 or check the calendar at www..shoalscalendar.com.


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