Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority

Join us behind the Lowndes County Courthouse for a FREE MOVIE!  On Saturday, April 21st, VLPRA will team up with Valdosta Main Street and the City of Valdosta to show "Finding Dory" on Valley Street behind the historic courthouse. ...read more
Hundreds of local children will get a chance to learn baseball with some of the most knowledgeable youth coaches in the country – at no cost.  Prince Automotive in Valdosta is offering the Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic on Friday, April ...read more
VLPRA gladly rents out our facilities to residents for special events, family gatherings, birthday parties, and even weddings.  Our 40+ parks and facilities have picnic shelters, gazebos, and pavilions that are perfect for gatherings of vario...read more
What's happening at McKey Park?  Is someone building something? The answers: a lot and we sure are!  VLPRA is grateful for our robust tennis program and beautiful tennis center at McKey Park.  Because of the popularity and growt...read more
Personnel Committee Meeting The VLPRA Board's Personnel Committee will meet on Thursday, April 19th at 11:30 AM at the main office located at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta.   Authority Board Meeting The next VLPR...read more

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Join us behind the Lowndes County Courthouse for a FREE MOVIE!  On Saturday, April 21st, VLPRA will team up with Valdosta Main Street and the City of Valdosta to show "Finding Dory" on Valley Street behind the historic courthouse.  Bring a blanket or chairs and your whole family for the free event.  There will be concessions for sale (cash only please), and picnics are welcome.  We will show the film on our massive 20 foot inflatable screen (with subtitles for those who are hearing impaired).  It's a fun, free way to spend the evening with your loved ones enjoying South Georgia's beautiful spring weather.  No registration required, just show up.  We'll see you at the movies!

 

Hundreds of local children will get a chance to learn baseball with some of the most knowledgeable youth coaches in the country – at no cost.  Prince Automotive in Valdosta is offering the Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic on Friday, April 20th at Vallotton Youth Complex.  It’s one of three such clinics in South Georgia and North Florida.

Coaches from Ripken Baseball will be running the clinic.  The program is derived from the wisdom and skills of baseball’s legendary Ripken family: Cal Ripken, Sr.; Cal Ripken, Jr.; and Bill Ripken.  The staff uses the unique program to teach young players the fundamentals of the game while providing them a memorable learning experience.

Players will break out into age groups and rotate through stations to learn the essentials of hitting, fielding, throwing and more!  Be sure to wear tennis shoes or cleats and bring your glove and bat.  Watch a video here about the clinic to find out everything your child will experience!
 

The clinic is open to children ages 6-14 and to individuals with special needs of all ages.  It is free but space is limited.
Spots will fill on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration will close TWO DAYS before the clinic date.

Here's how you sign up:

Online Registration is Easy
1.      Click here to go to the Chevy Youth Baseball Youth Sports Clinic Registration Page for our area (Tallahassee, Panama City CYB Clinics)
2.      Enter registration code 24389 and click "Submit"
3.      Select Session 3 on 4/20 at Vallotton Youth Complex and click "Register Now"
4.      Complete the registration form.
5.      Download the participation waiver.  In addition to registering before the event, participants are required to present a completed waiver form 
         at the registration table the day of the clinic.
6.      Help spread the word to other kids in the area about this awesome opportunity!

Have questions?  Check out the Chevy Youth Clinics website here for all you need to know.

WHO: PRINCE AUTOMOTIVE and VLPRA
WHAT: FREE CHEVY YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC, POWERED BY RIPKEN BASEBALL
WHERE: VALLOTTON YOUTH COMPLEX (700 Woodlawn Dr. Valdosta GA 31602)
WHEN: FRIDAY, APRIL 20th 
             Check in from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
             Clinic: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
             Snack (provided) at 9:00 PM

 

Check out what parents and coaches have to say about Chevy Youth Baseball clinics! 

·          "It was a one-of-a-kind experience! The instructors were very informative and my participant felt valued." – Los Angeles, CA Parent  

·          "I enjoyed my child being able to experience baseball training/practice on a one time trial basis without having to be on a team. This was his first exposure to baseball and the length of the event and the structure of the event was a great way to get his feet wet." – Tallahassee-Panama City, FL Parent  

·          “The event kept the kids busy.  As a coach, I enjoyed seeing the drills and having the things we teach the kids reinforced.” – Cleveland, OH Coach  

·          "I enjoyed the hands on learning exercises. My husband is the assistant coach on our son’s little league team and he was excited to see some really neat ideas and drills that he never would have thought of."- Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX Parent  

VLPRA gladly rents out our facilities to residents for special events, family gatherings, birthday parties, and even weddings. 

Our 40+ parks and facilities have picnic shelters, gazebos, and pavilions that are perfect for gatherings of various sizes.  Many feature electricity and bathrooms.  We even have a beautiful sanctuary that is popular for wedding ceremonies and a large multipurpose room in the same building with a full kitchen to accommodate receptions.  Many center rentals will include access to a full kitchen and the use of tables and chairs.  All rentals require a deposit.  Please click here for a full list of rentals.

 

STAGE
Our brand-new portable, hydraulically powered stage is available for rent.  Our staff will deliver the stage, set it up, take it down, and stay with the stage for the duration of your event.  The stage is 32 feet long and almost 24 feet deep.  It’s an open air, outdoor stage perfect for large events.  A PA system, mic stand, tables, and chairs are also available for rent.

PORTABLE BLEACHERS
VLPRA’s new hydraulically powered bleachers feature a canopy and handrails.  The bleachers hold well over 200 people and can act as main or overflow seating for your outdoor event.  VLPRA staff will deliver and pick up the bleachers as part of your rental.

SHOWMOBILE
VLPRA’s Showmobile is a portable stage with a roof and three walls.  The front wall opens to reveal the stage itself.  The Showmobile’s dimensions are 22 x 16.

A PA system, mic stand, tables, and chairs are also available for rent.  VLPRA staff will deliver and pick up the bleachers as part of your rental.  A PA system, mic stand, tables, and chairs are also available for rent.

 

TABLES AND CHAIRS
VLPRA offers 4-foot round tables and matching black chairs for rent.  Rent up to 100 chairs and 13 tables at a time.  VLPRA staff delivers the tables and chairs in a trailer.  Renters are responsible for set up and take down.

 

 

Call 229-259-3507 for more information, rates, and availability.

What's happening at McKey Park?  Is someone building something?

The answers: a lot and we sure are!  VLPRA is grateful for our robust tennis program and beautiful tennis center at McKey Park.  Because of the popularity and growth of the sport, the need arose for new courts.  The Authority is now in the process of building an additional six courts at McKey Park.  The addition will be completed by the fall.  The new courts allow for continued free play as well as offer an avenue for larger tournaments. 

While this is a VLPRA project, the Authority worked with various community groups and planners.  VLPRA has taken great care in creating a lush landscape at the project's completion and has worked with the City of Valdosta's arbor division to ensure that the trees planted in the new landscape will be appealing and environmentally appropiate.  You can see a conceptual rendering below.  What the concept does not illustrate up close is the landscape plan for the area between the courts and Patterson Street.  The plan calls for oaks, loblolly pines, azaleas, and various flowering trees in that area and around the courts to provide greenspace and curb appeal.    

Thank you for your patience as we progress on this project and we look forward to a beautiful final result.


 

Personnel Committee Meeting
The VLPRA Board's Personnel Committee will meet on Thursday, April 19th at 11:30 AM at the main office located at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta.
 

Authority Board Meeting
The next VLPRA Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd at 4:30 PM at the main office located at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta.