May 10 newsletter

Your monthly news & updates
What does Sodalis mean?
Sodalis Nature Preserve is our newest park, but what does the name mean? Find out at upcoming educational programs at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. Kirsten Alvey-Mudd, the director of Missouri Bat Census, is offering the programs free, the next program is 6-8 p.m. May 11. There are also programs 6-8 p.m May 16 and 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.Sign up soon, this one is almost full!
  • 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 7-9 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 last Friday of the month. Almost full!
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)  
Save the Date: June 3 will be a Fun-Filled Day! 

Big Dirt Dig  9-11 a.m.  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.

Movies in the Park 8:30 p.m. at Huckleberry Park. Before "Secret Life of Pets" there will be demonstration by Quincy Kennel Club's Square Dancing Dogs & Drill Team.


Coming back this year!
Try it, you'll love it!
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)
Classes also scheduled July 15. 

What else is going on?
  •   Audition notice for Bluff City Theater for Emily the Musical. Auditions will be held at the Bluff City Theater Annex 6-9 p.m. Monday, May 15More information here!
  • 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 
  • Memorial Lantern Float 7 p.m. May 27 at Nipper Park. Sponsored by James O'Donnell Funeral Home, guests will gather at Nipper Park at 7 p.m. to decorate lanterns and release the lanterns at 8 p.m. Call O'Donnell Funeral Home at 572-221-8188 to reserve your lantern.
  • Boys in Autumn June 1-10 in Nipper Park. Play set in 1920 about Tom and Huck returning to Hannibal. Bleachers will be available or bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the park.  Buy tickets here!
  • Music Under the Stars, every Thursday at 7 p.m. starting June 1 on historic Hill Street in front of Mark Twain's boyhood home. Here's the schedule.
  • Babies and Books in Central Park 10:30 a.m. June 10 with Hannibal Free Public Library
  •  BSMF5K to benefit Eugene Field Elementary Playground Project 8 a.m. June 10at Mark Twain Cave and Campground. Register online!

  • 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/
  • Community Helping Community Art Auction to raise money for Hannibal Free Clinic 5:30 p.m. June 10 at Hannibal Country Club.  The artwork that is up for auction will be donated by local artists in a variety of mediums.
  • 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!
  • Hannibal Cannibal July 1 in downtown Hannibal. Registration open for 5K, 10K and 15K.


Save the Date!
And start saving your cardboard!
Cardboard Boat RacesJune 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 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
May 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 10th, 2017