May 2 newsletter

Your monthly news & updates
What are all those signs in Central Park? 
Storybook Trail in Central Park through May 11 The Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department’s ninth Storybook Trail is at Central Park. Anyone walking along the trail through May 11 can pause to read the pages of “Giggle, Giggle, Quack” by Doreen Cronin. The book was donated by Scholastic.  The signs were donated by Park Place Sign Systems of Hannibal. Storybook Trail is a free, family-oriented activity that the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department sponsors biannually.


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 if they choose. 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
Nature Hikes in Hannibal parks!!
There are free guided hikes but reservations must be made by calling Hannibal Parks & Recreation at 221-0154 or emailing mlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov
  • 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.
  • Summer Solstice Creek Walk 10 a.m. to noon June 21 Meet at beginning of Bear Creek walkway off Main Street. Wear shoes you can get wet and walk on rocks with. Bring water and a small bucket. For ages 5 and up, 5-8-year-old children must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Night Hike Through Sodalis Nature Preserve 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, June 23. 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. Night Hikes will be scheduled the fourth Friday of the month.
Wiffle Ball at Clemens Field! Great River Wiffle Ball Association starting Tuesday night medium pitch league, only 8 teams accepted. The schedule will be set once teams have been submitted. Cost is $300 per team. Registration forms available at Hannibal Parks & Recreation office, 320 Broadway. Questions? Email greatriverwiffleball@gmail.com.

Sign up now for Summer Camp!
  • Down by the River (for ages 5-7) 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday June 12-16 (Including a creek walk, crafts and interactive river observations and stories about the river)
  • Gone Fishing (for ages 8-12) 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday July 17-21 (Including exploration and research about the river, along with creating and acting out big fish tales)  
What else is going on?
  •  Sand Volleyball Tournament rescheduled to Sunday May 4 at Southside Sand Courts. Benefits Project Graduation, $10 per player. More information from burtonbrooke@ymail.com
  • Central Park Farmers Market 8 a.m. to noon May 6, every Saturday through October.
  • 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
  • Summer Reading Program Kickoff 2 p.m. May 24 at Central Park for Hannibal Free Public Library.Here's a schedule of the summer events!
  • EMSSTRONG 5K through Sodalis Nature Preserve 8:30 a.m. May 27 starting at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. To register, contact cpryor@mcadems.com
  •  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   
  •  Babies and Books in Central Park 10:30 a.m. June 10 with Hannibal Free Public Library
  • 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.
  • Standup Paddleboard Yoga June 10 at Hannibal Aquatic Center. Sessions at 8-9:45 a.m. and 10-11:45 a.m. Open to all skill levels and all equipment is provided, $25 per person. Pre-registration is encouraged, a limit of 10 people per session. Register only at Parks & Recreation (320 Broadway) 

  • 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/
  • Daddy Daughter Dance 6-8 p.m. June 24 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, cosponsored by Kids in Motion. $20 per couple, $5 per additional child. Music, dancing, desserts, photo booth, face painting. Hawaiian theme.  Register at Douglass Community Services, 711 Grand Ave. Questions call 573-221-3892 Ext. 246. KIM/TIM are programs of Douglass Community Services, a United Way AgencyRegister at Douglass Community Services, 711 Grand Ave.
  • Fiesta Del Sol June 24 in Central Park, sponsored by Rotary Club. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., bands, music, food. Check out more!


Save the Date!
And start saving your cardboard!
Cardboard Boat Races June 24 at Hannibal Aquatic Center! 

  Opening Day at Hannibal Aquatic Center, May 27 
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. every day. 

Sign up now for Swim Lessons!

  • Session 1: June 12 - 22, 2017 (M-Th) - 6:10-6:50PM (Registration Deadline June 9th)
  • Session 2: July 10 - 20, 2017 (M-Th) - 11-11:40AM (Registration Deadline July 7th)
  • Session 3: July 10 - 20, 2017 (M-Th) - 6:10-6:50PM (Registration Deadline July 7th)Hannibal Aquatic Center

 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



Planning a wedding? Looking for a place to say "I do" or even "Will you be mine?" Hannibal parks are a beautiful setting for a ceremony.  Check out some photos here! 
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
Huckleberry Park shelter is almost finished! 
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!
May 2nd, 2017