Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW FOR SPRING BALL! VLPRA is registering for our 2018 Spring Youth Baseball and Softball League NOW!  Check out the different leagues listed below and see how you can get your child on the field!  Games are s...read more
VLPRA Board Chairman Receives Statewide Award The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority Board’s longtime chairman received a statewide award for his many years of volunteerism. The Georgia Recreation and Park Associatio...read more
NOW SHOWING: "Beauty and the Beast"! On Friday, February 23rd, VLPRA will show the live action 2017 version of "Beauty and the Beast" starring Emma Watson. "Beauty and the Beast” will play on the Authority’s...read more
Youth basketball schedules are posted.   You can find them by clicking "Athletics" at the top of the page, then clicking "Youth Athletics" or you can simply click the link below. CLICK HERE FOR BASKETBALL SCHEDULES...read more
Authority Board Meeting The next VLPRA Authority Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 17th at 4:30 PM at the main office located at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta. Facilities Committee Meeting The VLPRA Aut...read more
  • Board Chairman Honored

  • FREE Movie in the Park

  • Youth Basketball Schedules Posted

  • Board Meetings

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REGISTRATION OPEN NOW FOR SPRING BALL!

VLPRA is registering for our 2018 Spring Youth Baseball and Softball League NOW!  Check out the different leagues listed below and see how you can get your child on the field!  Games are scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, but you will only play two games per week unless there is a rain make up.  Sometimes rain make ups will happen on Saturday mornings, but we try to avoid that.  Practices are up to the coach.  The season runs March through May.  Registration includes a shirt and a hat.  

Registration closes February 11th - parents can click here to register online or sign up at 1901 N. Forrest Street, Valdosta.

Want to be a coach?  Call Jesse at 333-1853 and make sure you have done your background check.  Need to fill yours out?  It's easy.  Just click here to go to our online portal.  It's free and required if you plan to coach with us.

Non-competitive Leagues: 

Fee Structure for Non-competitive Leagues: $50 in Lowndes County // $60 out of County ($5 discount for additional child)


Competitive Leagues Baseball // Softball: 

Fee Structure for Competitve Leagues: $75 in Lowndes County // $85 out of County ($5 discount for additional child)
There is an assessment/draft for the competitive leagues.

VLPRA Board Chairman Receives Statewide Award

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority Board’s longtime chairman received a statewide award for his many years of volunteerism.

The Georgia Recreation and Park Association named VLPRA Authority Board Chairman Mike McDowell the Volunteer of the Year for 2017 at the organization’s annual conference.  The honor is given to an individual whose efforts have had lasting effects on recreation and leisure services programs.  He also received the GRPA District Three Special Recognition Award for his years of involvement.

McDowell has been a member of the VLPRA Board since its inception in 2009, receiving no pay for the countless hours of work and energy he’s dedicated to the community.

Mr. McDowell and the VLPRA Board are currently working on four capital projects, three of which are SPLOST-related.  They are in the design phase for constructing a new soccer complex at North Lowndes Park, a new Miracle Field Complex at Freedom Park, and adding half a dozen courts to VLPRA’s existing tennis complex.  There will also be a grand opening soon for the newly built community center in Naylor.

Mr. McDowell has been heavily involved in the growth of VLPRA’s youth sports programs.  His steadfast support has helped catapult the Authority’s school-based programs into the limelight.  VLPRA’s youth football program has seen a 210% increase in participation since switching to a school-based system, with cheerleading, volleyball, and basketball seeing similar growth.

Another point of pride for Mr. McDowell is VLPRA’s economic impact on the community.  Under his and fellow Board members’ leadership, the VLPRA has begun hosting dozens of baseball, softball, and tennis tournaments each year.  The Authority has become a true economic engine for our area with nearly $20 million dollars of economic impact over the last three and a half years.  Mr. McDowell has championed the recruitment of tournaments and maximizing the utilization if VLPRA facilities to yield the most impact for the area economy while providing the best possible programs for residents.

McDowell is married to Sherry McDowell.  The couple has three sons and two grandchildren.  McDowell received the state award at the GRPA Awards Banquet in Columbus, Georgia.

 

NOW SHOWING: "Beauty and the Beast"!

On Friday, February 23rd, VLPRA will show the live action 2017 version of "Beauty and the Beast" starring Emma Watson.

"Beauty and the Beast” will play on the Authority’s massive inflatable screen.  The PG-rated film will play at Freedom Park.

The movie starts as soon as it gets dark and it's completely FREE!  Bring the whole family, a picnic, and your blankets to snuggle up for the show.  No registration necessary.

Youth basketball schedules are posted.  

You can find them by clicking "Athletics" at the top of the page, then clicking "Youth Athletics" or you can simply click the link below.

CLICK HERE FOR BASKETBALL SCHEDULES

The first games are scheduled for Saturday, January 13th.  If you see any errors, please contact us ASAP.  Email Mike Jenkins at kjenkins@vlpra.com or call him at 229-333-1853.

Authority Board Meeting
The next VLPRA Authority Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 17th at 4:30 PM at the main office located at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta.

Facilities Committee Meeting
The VLPRA Authority Board's Facilities Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 16th at 3:30 PM and on Wednesday, January 17th at 3:30 PM at the main office located at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta.