Recreation center offers updated facilities, fall sports leagues

Published 7:00 am Saturday, October 7, 2023

The Greenville Parks and Recreational Center, which previously housed the YMCA, features new renovations that have taken place within the facility’s weight room and sports field. Jerome Harris III, Director of Greenville Parks and Recreation, said the center offers upgraded weight equipment. The sports field grass has been cut and a soccer net is up, fall city league sports are open, and the basketball courts at Garfield Park have been cleaned up – improvements aimed at welcoming Greenville residents to enjoy all the center has to offer. 

Harris explained his desire is to make sure there are quality physical outlets for the children in the community available at the Parks and Recreational Center. 

“It’s not about the new weights and equipment for me; it’s about having an outlet for the children,” Harris said. “My main goal is to get children more of what they deserve. The more you keep a child’s mind intrigued and keep their attention, the better off they are. We want to have various things for them to do to move their body, whether they go outside to the sports field and courts, explore in the weight room or go to the pool.”

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Harris explained the center has fall volleyball, baseball, softball, peewee football and basketball leagues available for sign up. He is working to get a youth tennis league started as well, and said there is a wide variety of events currently happening and upcoming at the Parks and Recreation Center, and soon to be at Garfield Park, as its renovation is a priority as well. 

Tracy Salter, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said there is something for everyone, men, women and youth, in the new facility. 

“The updated facilities at the Parks & Recreation Building three are truly impressive,” Salter said. “The city’s parks and recreation program helps create a healthy community and plays a fundamental role in promoting fun, active lifestyles for all ages. Jerome Harris is passionate about the program and is dedicated to implementing activities and programs that keep our community’s youth active and engaged.”

There are a multitude of membership plans available. All non-members can pay $5 a day to use the facility and pool. To inquire about memberships call 334-382-3031. Parents that want to register their child for a sports league should go online at https://www.greenvilleal.gov/185/Parks-Recreation. The Greenville Parks and Recreation building is located at 177 Academy Drive.