Play ball, hunt eggs and support healthy babies on Saturdays at the park

By  | March 29, 2017 | Filed under: News

ATHENS-More than 1,000 children will embrace outdoor recreation in Athens on Saturday, April 1, as baseball, softball and spring soccer seasons kick off at the Sportsplex on U.S. 31.


Baseball and softball will host opening day ceremonies with baseball starting at 9 a.m. and softball at 10 a.m. Mayor Ronnie Marks will throw the first pitch. Each team will parade around the ball field for their cheering fans.


“You don’t leave Opening Day without smiling because you see the excitement on all the children’s faces as they sport their team colors and wave to their fans,” Marks said.


Parks and Recreation Director Ben Wiley said over 500 boys signed up for baseball and 290 girls for softball. Spring soccer has 430 players.


The Parks and Recreation Department works to provide more than sports-related outdoor recreation for the community.


Wiley said Parks and Recreation is collaborating with Baby Jake’s Buddies for a March of Dimes event on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Swan Creek Park by Athens High School. There will be a moon bounce, face painting, live bands and vendors.


For more information on Baby Jake’s Buddies go online at


On Easter weekend, the department is hosting the free Athens Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt. The event is Saturday, April 15, from 2-4 p.m. at All Kids Park at the Sportsplex.


There will be three age categories:

  • 0-4 years old at 2:30 p.m. with one parent assisting.
  • 5-9 years old at 3 p.m. with one parent assisting.
  • 10-13 years old at 3:30.


Children need to bring their own baskets. Those who find a golden egg will receive special prizes.


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