January 26 newsletter

Your monthly news & updates
Thanks to the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce for awarding the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department the Community Betterment award for work at Sodalis Nature Preserve! Stay tuned for more improvements, longer trails and fun events at Sodalis! And thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Evan Kaiser to making bat houses to place in parks and helping others make bat houses for their "batyards." Find out more here! 
Be a rock star at the Teen Health Fair 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center Food, music, prizes and more Co-sponsored by C.H.A.R.T Teen Task Force.  More information here at or by calling (573) 822  4271
Is walking a New Year's resolution? Join the Hannibal Walking Club! It's a fun, free way to keep track of your miles ....
12 laps at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center is 1 mile! More information is available here!
Admiral Recreation Center hours are:
  • 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday
The Admiral Coontz Recreation Center will be closed Friday, Jan. 27 for event setup. Other changes in the Rec Center calendar will be posted. 
Sign up now for Spring Pickleball!
Competitive and leisure leagues on different nights
  • Leisure league plays Thursdays, March 2 through April 6
  • Competitive league plays Wednesdays, March 1 through April 5
  • A tournament will follow the competitive league on April 12-13
  Registration deadline is Feb. 20. Registration is available at the Hannibal Parks & Recreation office at City Hall, 320 Broadway. The cost is $35 per team. Registration and more information here.
Over the Pond it sails! Thanks to everyone who participated in Saturday's Ice Bowl tournament at the Don Crane Disc Golf Course at Huckleberry Park. We donated more than $400 to the Buddy Pack program, which provides nutritious meals to schoolchildren on weekends.http://www.hannibalparks.org/news/2017/01/23/winners-of-the-2017-ice-bowl/ 
Have you always wanted to be a lifeguard? Information about those jobs and others will be available at a Job Fair 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at City Council chambers of City Hall, 320 Broadway.Applications will be available and staff will be on hand to answer questions about seasonal employment with: Parks & Recreation Department, Department of Public Works, Street Department, and Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau. More information here. 

Let's get together to help clean up Hannibal! Meet any time 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22 at Y'men's Pavilion, 105 Hill St. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Stream Team t-shirts given to the first 100 participants! Cosponsored by 1819 Stream Team and Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce. Find out more here!
Hannibal Parks & Recreation | 573-221-0154 |  mlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov| www.hannibalparks.org
If your New Year's resolution is Getting Into Shape, try our new Fitness Station at the west end of Bear Creek Trail.
The station features 24 exercises and combines functional fitness and body-weight training on three skill levels. 








Admiral Coontz Recreation Center


7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Monday  
7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Tuesday
7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Wednesday
7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Thursday 
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday 

 Play Without Boundaries Sensory Room  Games, puzzles and Imagination Playground blocks for all-inclusive indoor play for adults and children at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center

Senior Adult Dances Noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. Music provided by Uptown Strings. 
Every Wednesday 6:30 to 9 p.m.  at
Admiral Coontz Recreation Center
$5 per visit, $50 for season pass
A variety of 3D archery targets, such as deer, turkey, bears, badgers, rabbits, dinosaurs, wolves and coyotes, are available. Participants must bring their own bows and arrows.Here's more info! 
Huckleberry Park
As construction at the Huckleberry Park shelter goes on, the playground is still open. 
The Born Learning Trail is an interactive series of 10 outdoor games around Huckleberry Park playground.  There are several new pieces of all-inclusive playground equipment, including two handicap-accessible swings and musical instruments at Huckleberry Park playground.  

Sodalis Nature Preserve 
The 2-mile paved walking path at Hannibal’s newest park is part of a 185-acre park property that was given to the city to preserve endangered bats. Here's a YouTube video explaining its origin.  Access to the Nature Preserve will be available off Ely Street, south of the Dempsey Dog Park and Bear Creek, 800 Ely St. Only non-motorized recreational activity is allowed, such as hiking, running and biking.Click on trail map here:


  There's something for everyone!

Park Properties:Here is a list of the parks: Ann Dorsey Hodgdon Park, Bear Creek Trail, Broadway Mini Park, Cardiff Hill Overlook Park, Central Park, Dempsey Dog Park, Douglass School/Arizona Cleaver Stemmons Park, Dulany Park, Glascock's Landing, Huckleberry Park, Indian Mounds Park, Kiwanis Park, Lover's Leap, Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse, Nipper Marina, Nipper Park, Norfolk & Southern Multi-Sports Park, Ringer Park, Riverview Park, Sand Volleyball Courts, Southside Recreation Park #2 (South Main Street area), Spooner Creek Park, West Ely Park and Y Men’s Pavilion.

Dempsey Dog Park

Dog Park at Sixth and Ely Streets has separate areas for small and large dogs Open every day from dawn to dusk  
What else is going on? 
    It's Today! Project Graduation Quarter Madness
5:30-9:30 P.M. Thursday, Jan. 26 at American Legion Post 55 Hall,  3819 Highway MM
It's in 2 Days! Rooster Run 5K 
8 a.m. Saturday Jan. 28 starting at the Jaycees building, 320 S. Third St.
Sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees with Mark Twain Distributing Co. 
Race starts on Lyon St., in front of the Jaycee building located at 320 S. 3rd St; Hannibal, MO.  From there it will turn onto S. Main and proceed to the Bear Creek Trail.  It will then go through Sodalis Nature Preserve and back to the start.  
Wing Ding
Jan. 28 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center 
Doors open to the public at 11 a.m. Wings will be served at 1 p.m.. Winner will be announced at 6 p.m. Proceeds will help benefit Down Country, a non-profit organization promotes disability awareness. 
Black History Display
Jan. 12-Feb. 28 at Roland Library on the campus of HLGU  

Having Our Say: The Delaney Sister’s First 100 Years 
Feb. 9-18 at Bluff City Theater
Based on the New York Times bestseller, this is the story of two African-American sisters who were outspoken pioneers of their generation
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
2-4 p.m. Feb. 11 at
8th and Center Street Baptist Church, 800 Center St.
In an effort to expand on the theme “The “Gifts of Black Women” the program will feature various black women who have influenced their community and inspired others to achieve their goals. 
Chocolate Extravaganza
March 11 in downtown Hannibal
 Chocolate passports will include several different treats from most downtown businesses, of which you get to choose five you would like to redeem. There will also be special coupons and discounts for chocolate passport holders.   
The Museum and the Chocolate Factory
1-3 p.m. March 11 at Mark Twain Boyhood Museum
Family fun event with chocolaty games and prizes all based around the famous characters from the original 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” featuring Gene Wilder. Children, and adults, of all ages can try their luck at Charlie Bucket’s newspaper toss, Violet Beauregarde’s grape stomp, compete in Augustus Gloop’s pie-eating contest, Veruca Salt’s egg putting challenge, Willy Wonka’s pin-the-hat game and even snap a photo in Mike Teavee’s Wonka Vision Studio Booth.
Battle by the River
Doubles pickleball tournament Saturday, March 25 at Mabee Sports Complex at Hannibal-LaGrange University
Clinic and exhibit Friday
Games start at 8 a.m. Saturday
More information from Bill Baker, 573-795-6020 or bill@parkplacesign.com
Business Expo
March 28 at Nutrition Center
More information to come 

Power Up for Avenues
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Road 
Family-friend gaming event to raise money for Avenues, the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy program and shelter. 

Play video, card and recreational games with family and friends $5 admission, $20 for admission plus tournaments Children under the age of 12 free

January 26th, 2017