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Newsletter - December 2017

Christmas with Grandparents - Tickets on sale now! 

Seniors 50 and over are invited to enjoy a day of fun, lunch, prizes, and entertainment on Monday, December 18. The annual Christmas with Grandparents will be held at Lockett Station Community Center at 11:00 am.  Tickets may be purchased for $10 per person at the Recreation & Parks office at 1301 N. Monroe, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. Seating is limited at the event, and tickets will not be sold at the door.  For further information, contact Tee Taylor at 430-5222 or 5219.  

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Family Day - Save the date for family fun!

Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Albany Museum of Art 

Free admission!  Art projects for all ages and a museum scavenger hunt included in the fun.  

All children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Presented by Albany Recreation & Parks and Albany Museum of Art

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Men's Softball League

  • Register December 4, 2017 - January 19, 2018 at the ARPD office (1301 N. Monroe)
  • Fee of $350 per team; no entry will be allowed without payment.
  • Games will be played at Gordon Sports Complex; game times of 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm.    
  • Coaches meeting: January 23 at the ARPD office. 
  • Information: Ta'Shelya Bynum at 430-5222 or email 

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2018 Adult Basketball Program

  • Register through December 29, 2017
  • Register at ARPD office at 1301 N. Monroe (in Tift Park) Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Limited to the first six teams in the following divisions: 35 & over, Competitive, and Recreation.
  • All players must be 18 or over by January 1, 2018.
  • League fee of $350 per team.
  • 10 game schedule plus single elimination end-of-season tournament
  • Program Coordinator:  Alan Jordan at 430-5222 or


Greenway Trail

TAKE A HIKE OR RIDE YOUR BIKE along the Riverfront Greenway Trail -- a 2.4 mile paved trail extending north from Riverfront Park to Cox Landing with several scenic overlooks along the Flint River.  The trail is a great way to explore nature, get some exercise, and relax! The Oxford Environmental Park Nature Trail is a half-mile rustic trail which extends off the Greenway Trail and gives the walker a close view of the river and several wetland areas and includes an interpretive kiosk.

Geocaching is a world-wide game of hiding and seeking treasures.  The basic idea is to hide containers (caches) and post the locations of these caches on the Internet. Anyone with a GPS receiver can enter the locations' coordinates to find the caches. The finder can take something from the container as a memento, but leaves something for the next player, signs the logbook and returns the container to its hiding place.  Log your visits at geocaching.com_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Special Olympics ARPD

The purpose of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.  The Albany Recreation and Parks Department offers Special Olympics for adults 21 years and older in Albany-Dougherty County, GA.   There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics.   For information on joining Special Olympics ARPD, please contact Marie Stamps at 430-5222.    

Note:  Athletes who are clients of the Albany Advocacy Resource Center (AARC) or enrolled in the Dougherty County Schools (DCSS) compete with Special Olympics Dougherty. 

Unified Partners:  Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis. 


Jackson Heights Fitness & Wellness Center

The fitness and wellness center offers a variety of exercise options including free weights, nautilus equipment, treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, and a variety of exercise classes.  The exercise component is combined with seminars on proper nutrition and diet, weight management, and disease prevention for an emphasis on the total wellness of an individual.  There is no membership fee, but a membership application must be completed.  Membership is for ages 18 and older.  Ages 13-17 may join, but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.  Jackson Heights Fitness and Wellness Center is located at 1100 N. Jordan, adjacent to C.W. Heath Park.  For additional information, please call 229-430-3621. 

LifeTrail System - Lifetrail is a recreation program specifically designed to meet the needs of older adults. In a nutshell, the system incorporates a series of ten outdoor wellness stations located along a paved walking path. Using the LifeTrail system is fun, social and great exercise. The LifeTrail System at Jackson Heights Fitness & Wellness Center is located in the back of the facility and is open from dawn until dusk.  You may access through the center or use the back gate. 

        7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (M - Th) 
        7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (F) 
        10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Sat.) 
        Closed Sunday

Jackson Heights Fitness & Wellness Center Information 

Fall Programs at Jackson Heights 

Rise to the Challenge: Operation Fit Hearts - The main goal of this program is cardiovascular fitness. Held on Tuesday and Friday from 7 am - 9 am or 9 am - 11 am.  

Coffee with Conversation - Monday & Friday from 7:30 am - 9:00 am; $2.00 per week fee.  

Introduction to a Healthy Lifestyle - This program is dedicated to special needs participants with basic, but essential exercises.   Thursday from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.  

Boxercise Bootcamp - An introduction to the basics of boxing concepts and principles along with simple advice on healthy eating.  Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 8:00 am - 10:00 am.



Bill Miller Community Center - 312 Vick Street, 430-5240; Monday through Thursday from 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Carver Sports Complex - 1023 S. McKinley, 430-5243; Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Henderson Community Center - 701 Willard Ave., 430-5241; Monday, Tuesday, & Friday from 6:00 - 7:00 pm 



Bill Miller Community Center – 312 Vick St., 229-430-5240

Day/Time: Monday - Wednesday, 9 am - noon; Instructor: Imogene Drew

Henderson Community Center – 701 Willard St, 229-430-5241

Day/Time: Tuesday - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm; Instructor: Carolyn Mingo

The Club at Thornton Park - 210 Thornton Drive, 229-883-2332

 Day/Time: Monday - Wednesday, 9 am - noon; Instructor: Valerie Harris

Sign up today!  For further information about membership and fees, please call the community center of your choice or the Recreation and Parks Office at 229-430-5222.

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Take Advantage of Albany’s City Parks!

The Recreation and Parks Department wants you to take advantage of these FREE ways to better your health and your life.  All parks are open from dawn until dusk, seven days a week.  Some of the largest parks include:  

  • Tift Park, located at 1301 North Monroe, includes a ¼ mile walking trail, 13 exercise stations, basketball court, 5 lighted tennis courts, and playground equipment. 
  • C. W. Heath Park at E. 2nd Ave. and 1000 Jordon St., has a ½ mile walking trail, basketball court, playground equipment, and a large playing field (for softball, soccer, etc.). 
  • Grove Park at 2603 Rosebrier Ave., has a ¼ mile walking trail, basketball court, playground equipment, and large playing field.