Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority

Register now for VLPRA's school-based youth basketball league!  It's open to 1st through 12th graders in Valdosta and Lowndes County.   Teams are split by grade, gender, and school.  We anticipate each grade at each public sch...read more
Check out photos from our first Father Son Campout!  We had a blast cooking out, making s'mores, playing night ball, and watching a movie on the backstop.  We'll be doing it again next year, so be on the look out for registration! ...read more
Remember as a kid sprinting through the parking lot with the shopping cart?  We're combining that with a food drive benefitting local hungry children.  Here's how it works: You create a team of four people and register your team ...read more
Authority Board Meeting The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority Board's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12th at 4:30pm.  It will be held in the multi-purpose room at the VLPRA Administrative Office ...read more
Join us for a Harvest Party for individuals with disabilities!  Dress in your Halloween costume and come out to Raisin’ Cane for horseback rides, hay rides, a corn maze, petting zoo, photo booth, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin chunkin’, an...read more

Playoffs for Youth Football will start next weekend.  We will post brackets online as soon as they are ready.

  • Father Son Campout

  • Racing Shopping Carts for Hungry at Home

  • VLPRA Board Meeting

  • Special Needs Harvest Party

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Register now for VLPRA's school-based youth basketball league!  It's open to 1st through 12th graders in Valdosta and Lowndes County.  
Teams are split by grade, gender, and school.  We anticipate each grade at each public school and at Valwood to have a boys team and a girls team.

This is a recreational league where EVERYONE plays.  Practices and games will be held at local schools and at VLPRA gyms.  The one-time registration fee is $75.00 and includes uniforms, practices/games, awards, and equipment.  We are happy to announce that we have an Athletic All Star team as well as Academic All Stars to reward outstanding behavior both on and off the court.

REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 8TH.

Games begin December 13th.

Check out photos from our first Father Son Campout!  We had a blast cooking out, making s'mores, playing night ball, and watching a movie on the backstop.  We'll be doing it again next year, so be on the look out for registration!

 

Remember as a kid sprinting through the parking lot with the shopping cart?  We're combining that with a food drive benefitting local hungry children.  Here's how it works:

You create a team of four people and register your team at the link above.  On November 15th, show up to the Hobby Lobby Parking lot with at least $25 worth of food for "Hungry at Home" and decorations for your shopping cart.  We'll provide you a cart (courtesy of Hobby Lobby), you decorate that cart based on your team's theme.  All the teams will be entered into a March Madness style bracket and then teams will push their carts down a drag strip, racing head to head until we have a final winner.

The real winner is "Hungry at Home", the organization that will be getting the food.  A pair of Lake Park Elementary School teachers started the organization when they realized some students were coming to school Monday mornings hungry because they had very little to eat at home.  They jumped into action, creating backpacks filled with food that children take home on Fridays and bring back empty on Monday mornings.  The program is active in 11 schools in Valdosta and Lowndes County and growing.  

That said, your minimum entry into the Stocked Cart Race is $25 worth of food, but the sky is the limit!  The more food you bring, the more hungry kids you feed!  Hungry at Home looks for specific types of food, particularly foods that are high in protein and are easy for children to prepare.  The best foods are: pop top meat products (vienna sausages, ravioli, beanie weenies, tuna, etc), individual applesauces, Pop Tarts, peanut butter, small boxed cereals, granola bars, raisins, and fruit cups.  See a full list at their website, http://www.hungryathome.org

Again, teams can register online at the link above, by visiting the VLPRA Administration building at 1901 North Forrest Street, or by simply showing up with your team and your food on the day of the event.

We will have awards for the fastest cart, the best decorated cart, and the team with the most donations.

 

It's no coincidence that we're doing this before the holidays.  We want to make sure that Hungry at Home has plenty of food to get through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the rest of the school year!  VLPRA and Hobby Lobby are proud to sponsor this event that promotes two of the best parts of the holiday season: giving to others and having fun!

Authority Board Meeting
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority Board's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12th at 4:30pm.  It will be held in the multi-purpose room at the VLPRA Administrative Office located at 1901 North Forrest Street.

 

 

Join us for a Harvest Party for individuals with disabilities!  Dress in your Halloween costume and come out to Raisin’ Cane for horseback rides, hay rides, a corn maze, petting zoo, photo booth, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin chunkin’, and so much more!  This FREE event is specifically for individuals with disabilities and their families.  All ages are welcome!  Lunch will be provided and is first come, first serve.  Special thanks to Raisin' Cane, Hobby Horse Corral, and the Lake Park Chamber of Commerce.