April 21 newsletter

Your monthly news & updates

Lots of fun at Senior Expo Thursday! Almost 600 senior adults and friends went through the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, finding out about everything from health to books to fire safety to volunteer opportunities. This year’s Senior Expo was sponsored by NEILS, Hannibal Parks & Recreation, RSVP at Douglass Community Services, NECAC and the Marion and Ralls County Health Departments. Here's the Hannibal Courier-Post article about the event. 
It's Tomorrow! Let's get together to help clean up HannibalMeet 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!
Shine a Light on Autism Lighthouse Challenge
Starting at 8 a.m. April 29 at the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse Steps
Climbers in the competitive division start at 8 a.m. Non-competitive division starts at 9 a.m., all ages welcome! There will be children's activities as well, including bounce house, games, face painting and snacks. Local entertainment from the Sparkle Squad will be provided, as well as information/registration with the STARS program. Registration available here. 
Storybook Trail in Central Park May 1-11  


Festival of Country Music
6-9 p.m. Saturday May 6 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center  
More information is available by calling 573-221-5682.


Learn more about Sodalis
Sodalis Nature Preserve is named after myotis sodalis, the endangered bat that was found in the abandoned mines. Kirsten Alvey-Mudd, the director of Missouri Bat Census who discovered the endangered bats, will give programs in May to teach more about Hannibal's newest park. 6-8 p.m. May 9, 11, 16, 18 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center   Participants will learn about the history of Sodalis Nature Preserve; the bats that make Sodalis its home; and will be able to identify mushrooms, wildflowers, native plants, birds and other wildlife found at Sodalis. Participants will be able to share the information at during interpretive outreach programs at Sodalis. Participants need only attend one session. Pre-registration suggested but not required to mlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov   More information from Kirsten Alvey-Mudd, 573-338-8670; cavechef@gmail.com
Sign up now for Nature Hikes in Hannibal parks!!
Nature Walk in Riverview Park 10 a.m. May 17 starting at Shelter No. 2, the first overlook at Riverview Park. Learn about the trees, plants and wildlife in Hannibal’s biggest park. Walk will be easy to moderate terrain. Guided by nature educator Gale Rublee. Free but reservations must be made by calling Hannibal Parks & Recreation at 221-0154 or emailing mlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov
Night Hike Through Sodalis Nature Preserve 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 26. Meet at parking lot of Sodalis Nature Preserve, hike up to the bat caves, exploring nature signs along the way. Pause for a story at the top then return in the dark with sensory awareness activities. Hike will be on paved paths, about 2 miles. Free but reservations must be made by calling Hannibal Parks & Recreation at 221-0154 or emailingmlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov  
What else is going on?
  •  Sand Volleyball Tournament Sunday April 30 at Southside Sand Courts. Benefits Project Graduation, $10 per player. More information from burtonbrooke@ymail.com
  • Summer Sand Volleyball League Starts May 16 at Southside Sand Courts, sponsored by Hannibal YMCA. Registration due April 28. Co-ed recreation league on Tuesdays, co-ed competitive league on Wednesdays. More information at  YMCA web page.
  •   Fun Glow Run through Sodalis Nature Preserve, 7 p.m. Friday May 12, starting on South Main Street. Sponsored by Holy Family School To register, contact Cherrie Allen, allen@myholyfamily.com
  •  Down by the River at Y’Men’s Pavilion 6 to 10 p.m. May 19 with Madd Hoss Jackson
  • EMSSTRONG 5K through Sodalis Nature Preserve 8:30 a.m. May 27 starting at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. To register, contact cpryor@mcadems.com
  • Opening Day at Hannibal Aquatic Center, Noon May 27 at Hannibal Aquatic Center, Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. every day. Sign up now at City Hall for swim lessons, first session begins June 12. 
  • Cornhole Tournament May 27 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, sponsored by Hannibal Professional Firefighters Local 1211. Preregistration through May 26. Call Danny Essig 573-406-7173 for more information   
  • Honor Roll Day May 28 at Hannibal Aquatic Center. Students going into fourth grade through high school must bring a report card showing a B average and up to receive free admission
  • Smile-A-Mile Buddy Walk 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 10 at Nipper Park.  Every year, Marion County Services teams up with the National Down Syndrome Society in order to help raise awareness about those with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities with a one mile walk. Walkers, vendors and donors welcome, go to http://mcsddsamwalk.blogspot.com/
  • Movies in the Park June 3 in Huckleberry Park “The Secret Life of Pets” The movie is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. or when it is dark. There is no admission charge. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Before the movie, at about 8 p.m. there will be a performance of the Quincy Kennel Club's Square Dancing Dogs and Drill Team. The Team has been performing for the public for over 25 years. The routines utilize basic obedience exercises and tricks set to music.
  • Big Dirt Dig 9-11 a.m. Saturday June 3 next to Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. Sponsored by Parents as Teachers and Hannibal Parks & Recreation. Children encouraged to bring shovels and toys  for interactive but messy fun.
Save the Date!
And start saving your cardboard!
Cardboard Boat Races June 24 at Hannibal Aquatic Center! 
Hannibal Parks & Recreation | 573-221-0154 |  mlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov| www.hannibalparks.org
It's time to Get Into Shape at ournew 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. 
Walk to better health! 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

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. 
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.  
Hannibal Ramp Park at Huckleberry Park
April Hours  3:45 p.m. to dark weekdays
noon to dark weekends     weather permitting
Want to rent a shelter for a picnic, party or reunion? Better book it now because spots are filling up! Check out our reservation calendar to see if your date is available!
April 21st, 2017