Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority

VLPRA will have Fireworks on Saturday, July 4th!  They will be in the mall area, between exits 16 and 18 near I-75 at around 9:15 PM.  Please watch from the Valdosta Mall side of the interstate.  There are plenty of wonderful places to...read more
Your child will feel like the next Federer or Sharapova when they take the court at our beginner/intermediate tennis camps.  Participants will learn the basics and improve on their skills all while making friends and having fun.  Drop in as...read more
Give your little chef the chance to make culinary magic at Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority’s Kid’s Kitchen summer day camp. The VLPRA is hosting the specialty cooking camp at the Forrest Street Gym July 20th-24th ...read more
The time is here: register NOW for fall youth football & cheerleading. Teams are decided by school district in our community-wide league, so bring your school pride and get ready to play hard!  We'll even be playing at Baz...read more
Hey batter, batter, batter!  Registration is happening now for VLPRA's Adult Church Co-Ed League at South Lowndes Recreation Complex.  Register at the link above or sign up at our main office on 1901 North Forrest Street, Valdosta. &nbs...read more
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VLPRA will have Fireworks on Saturday, July 4th!  They will be in the mall area, between exits 16 and 18 near I-75 at around 9:15 PM.  Please watch from the Valdosta Mall side of the interstate.  There are plenty of wonderful places to get a great view.  We anticipate being the biggest fireworks show yet.  And, as always, it's FREE to watch!  Bring the family and some chairs to enjoy!
*If there are weather issues, please check back here or our facebook page (www.facebook.com/VLPRA).  If the fireworks rain out, our make up date is Sunday, July 5th.  Same time, same place.
 

Your child will feel like the next Federer or Sharapova when they take the court at our beginner/intermediate tennis camps.  Participants will learn the basics and improve on their skills all while making friends and having fun.  Drop in as many days as you want or sign up for the whole week!  All you need is a racquet, a water bottle, and a desire to play!

Our next camp is July 13-17, 2015.  It runs Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM.  It's $100 per child per week or $20 per day.  There's a weekly discount if you have more than one child playing ($80 per kid per week).  Lunch is provided on Friday and if you sign up for the entire week, your child will get a t-shirt!  

Open to children 5-13 years old.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Give your little chef the chance to make culinary magic at Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority’s Kid’s Kitchen summer day camp. The VLPRA is hosting the specialty cooking camp at the Forrest Street Gym July 20th-24th for 7-12 year old kids. 

The week is full of field trips and opportunities for these top chefs to get hand-on training from the pros.  Kids start the week climbing over, under and through a ropes course to build team unity and show that healthy lifestyles include activity as well as proper nutrition.  Campers will then make their own smoothies, visit a working farm, and visit Georgia’s only olive press to learn about food sources.  Everyone will be a sous chef for the day as campers travel to a fine dining restaurant to prepare a meal with locally sourced ingredients.

The kids will participate in the first-ever Kids Kitchen Iron Chef event where they will compete to have their dessert featured in a “graduation banquet”.  To end the week, the graduating chefs will serve their families a meal they prepared themselves. Program coordinator Sarah Pinson says this is one of the participants’ favorite activities.

“Campers are so proud to show off their skills to their parents,” Pinson says.  “It also becomes a way for parents and children to bond: they can cook the recipes they learned long after camp ends.”

The fee is $75 per child and includes all trips, food preparation, breakfast, lunch and a snack. Registration is open until July 10th. Space is limited.  Anyone interested in becoming a chef for a week can register online at vlpra.com or call the front office at 229-259-3507 with questions.

The time is here: register NOW for fall youth football & cheerleading. Teams are decided by school district in our community-wide league, so bring your school pride and get ready to play hard!  We'll even be playing at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium and Martin Stadium- giving your athlete the chance to feel like a high-school superstar. 


All equipment is provided in the VLPRA Youth Football League.  Helmets, pads, jerseys, pants, and even socks are provided- the only thing you bring is cleats.   Cheerleading uniforms are provided, too!  The program runs through the fall with about 10 games and a post season tournament.  We also have Athletic AND Academic All Star Teams!

Register now online or come to our office to sign up!  

 

DETAILS:

Teams are based on school district, so whichever middle school your child is districted for will be the district your child plays in.  For instance, if you have a first-grader at Lake Park Elementary, then he or she will be on the Lowndes Middle Team since that is where he or she will eventually attend middle school.  Same thing goes for the city.
The breakdown is this:
Westside Elementary & Hahira Elementary---> Register for Hahira Middle Team
Clyattville, Lake Park, & Moulton Branch Elementary----> Register for Lowndes Middle Team
Pine Grove & Dewar Elementary----> Register for Pine Grove Middle Team
WG Nunn, Pinevale, & JL Lomax----> Register for JL Newbern Middle Team
Sallas Mahone & SL Mason Elementary----> Register for Valdosta Middle Team.

Is your child enrolled in a different private school or home-schooled?  Call us and we will be happy to talk to you about your options!

We will do an evaluation and draft if necessary.  Practices will be held at North Lowndes Park in Hahira, South Lowndes in Lake Park, Freedom Park, and Scott Park.  Games run September to November, with play finishing up before Thanksgiving.  Our All-Star program runs through December.  Games will be held at the parks mentioned above and of course at Bazemore-Hyder and Martin Stadiums!

The league is broken up into three age brackets.  Kindergartners and 1st graders will play flag football, 2nd and 3rd graders are paired up for tackle football, and 4th and 5th graders will play tackle ball together.  Cheerleading follows the same brackets. 

Football and cheerleading uniforms as well as helmets and pads are included in the registration fees.   It’s $65 for tackle football and $45 for flag football and cheerleading. Parents can register their children online at www.vlpra.com or at VLPRA’s main office at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta.  The league is solely run by VLPRA.  Please do not contact the schools with questions.

VLPRA is holding special combines for all participants at the high school stadiums in July that will include drills, food and a movie.  The combine for participants from Lowndes County Schools is July 18th at LHS’ Martin Stadium; participants from Valdosta City Schools will be at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on July 25th.  The events start at 6:00 PM with the movie beginning around 8:00 PM.  The combines are free for registered participants; parents can sign their children up for the league at the combine as well. 


***We will need coaches!!!!  All coaches must go through a background check prior to holding practice.  The background check is free.  
Click here to go to the background check portal.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUTH FOOTBALL OR YOUTH CHEERLEADING
 

Hey batter, batter, batter!  Registration is happening now for VLPRA's Adult Church Co-Ed League at South Lowndes Recreation Complex.  Register at the link above or sign up at our main office on 1901 North Forrest Street, Valdosta.  Registration ends July 21st, so don't wait!  All games wil be held at South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park. The entry fee is $515 per team, with no participation fee.  

Questions?  Call Daniel Carder at 229-333-1853 or email him at dcarder@vlpra.com