Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority

Miracle League of Valdosta & VLPRA Break Ground on new Miracle Field Complex  The Miracle League of Valdosta and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority are celebrating the start of construction on a new Miracle Field...read more
VLPRA Breaks Ground on New Tennis Courts The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority is holding an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Harry B. Anderson Tennis Center expansion on Wednesday, May 2nd at 10:00 AM.   ...read more
PICTURE INFO AND SCHEDULE Pictures are on Monday, April 23rd and Tuesday, April 24th.  Pictures on Monday are at Freedom Park Field 3.  Pictures on Tuesday are at Freedom Park Field 8.  Please refer to the schedule for your time. ...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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Miracle League of Valdosta & VLPRA Break Ground on new Miracle Field Complex 

The Miracle League of Valdosta and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority are celebrating the start of construction on a new Miracle Field Complex with a joint groundbreaking ceremony at Freedom Park.  The organizations are teaming up to build the two-dimensional, rubberized, fully-accessible field for individuals with disabilities.

The groundbreaking is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1st at 6:00 PM.  The public is invited to the ceremony and celebration which will feature games, live music with Big El from Hot 102.7 and food from Chick-fil-A and Big Nick’s.  The public is also encouraged to watch Miracle League baseball games before the ceremony at 5:30 PM and after the ceremony at 7:00 PM at Fields 1 and 5.

The MLV has been holding games at Freedom Park for several years as they have been raising money and awareness to build the Miracle Field.  The rubberized field will feature space for baseball, soccer, and other activities for individuals of all ages with disabilities.

Andy Gibbs formed the Miracle League of Valdosta in 2004.  He and the MLV Board are more than halfway to their fundraising goal of $1.5 million to build the field. “The Miracle League Field has been a dream for so many in the Valdosta community for nearly 15 years,” Gibbs said.  “This groundbreaking symbolizes the efforts of a community that shares a servant’s heart.  I am blessed to have been part of the realization of these efforts."

The field is part of a larger Miracle Field Complex the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority is building, which includes four standard baseball fields.  The five-field complex will have a large pavilion and concession stand that are both fully accessible as well as a boundless playground where children of all abilities can play together for a truly inclusive experience.

The complex is a $5 million project and the organizations expect it to open to the public for the spring 2019 baseball season.

WHO: VLPRA & Miracle League of Valdosta
WHAT: Groundbreaking for new Miracle Field Complex
WHEN: Monday, May 1st at 6:00 PM, Open to the Public
WHERE: Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Road In Valdosta

VLPRA Breaks Ground on New Tennis Courts

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority is holding an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Harry B. Anderson Tennis Center expansion on Wednesday, May 2nd at 10:00 AM.  

VLPRA is adding six new courts to the current 12-court facility.  When complete, the full 18 courts will allow more space for community tennis players, lessons, clinics, and local school practices.  They will also provide an opportunity for state, regional, and possibly national tennis tournaments, bringing another avenue of sports tourism to Valdosta and Lowndes County.

The short ceremony will be held at the site of the new courts, near the corner of Patterson Street and Burton Avenue.

 


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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.


 

PICTURE INFO AND SCHEDULE
Pictures are on Monday, April 23rd and Tuesday, April 24th.  Pictures on Monday are at Freedom Park Field 3.  Pictures on Tuesday are at Freedom Park Field 8.  Please refer to the schedule for your time.  The schedule shows your scheduled game time and your scheduled picture time with your coach's name.  Please note- since Monday's games are canceled, please ignore the game time for Monday.  Please show up at your scheduled time.  Team photos are mandatory.  You don't have to order pictures, but you must take a team photo.


Click here to see the photo schedule.
Check out photo samples below.  Spoiler- they are AWESOME!

 

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.

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.