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.
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 https://www.facebook.com/BabyJakesBuddies/.
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.