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Rec department has fun available
Skateboard veteran LeQuan Madison shows off his aerial jump at the Liberty County Recreation Department skate park in Hinesville. - photo by Patty Leon

The Liberty County Recreation Department has many ways for area residents to have a little fun and cool off during the summer heat.

Community pools are located at the Liberty County Community Complex in Midway or the pool at the Stafford Pavilion at Liberty Independent Troop Park in Hinesville. Pool hours are from 2-6 p.m. daily and admission is $2.

For those who don’t know how to swim, the LCRD offers ongoing lessons with the next two sessions beginning July 6 and 20. The classes are available at both pool locations. Each sessions is two weeks long and runs Monday through Thursday. Morning sessions are available at 9, 10 or
11 a.m. Evening sessions start at 6:10 p.m. The cost for the two-week session is $25. Swim lessons are taught to ages 4 and older.
The pools are also available for rent from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The next soccer camp session runs from 9-11:30 a.m. July 13-16 at James Brown Park. The camp is open to ages 5-17 and cost $30. The Riceboro Youth Center has a basketball camp starting Monday through July 2, is open to ages 7-16 and also is $30.
There is a softball camp for ages 11-17 from 9-11:30 a.m. July 20-23 at James Brown Park. The fee is $30. Lewis Frasier Middle School will be the host site for Hip-Hop Dance Camp from 5:30-7 p.m. July 6-9. The fee is $30, and the class is open to ages 7 and older.

Tennis lessons start July 7 and run until July 30 every Tuesday and Thursday at James Brown Park. The 6:30-7:30 p.m. lesson is open to ages 9-12. From 7:30-8:30 p.m., tennis lessons are open to ages 13 and older. The cost is $40.
There are several free activities available at the LCRD and LCCC.
Basketball courts are open at Liberty Independent Troop Park, Joseph Miller Park, Gum Branch Park and the Riceboro Youth Center.

The skate park at Liberty Independent Troop Park is free and has a variety of obstacles to let skateboarders master the hardflip, Ollie and boardslide.
Three years ago, skateboarder Le’Quan Madison had just started to learn the art of aerial jumps at the skate park. To this day, Madison and his friends Jeffrey Jones, Jamirian Murphy and Mathew Sallette enjoy the summertime fun of riding the halfpipe and offer tips to newcomers learning the sport.

Friends and family can get together for a summer grill party. The LCRD has several facilities that have picnic pavilions for rent.
Gum Branch Park has a picnic pavilion that accommodates 25 people and has restroom facilities. A half-day rental is $25; full-day rental is $50.

Eve Park, located on Colonel’s Island, has a screened pavilion with seating for 40, restrooms, kitchen and a large charcoal grill. Half-day rental is $25; full-day is $50. Briar Bay Park in Riceboro and Hillery Park in Walthourville offer pavilions with kitchen and restrooms for the same price. Holmestown Park, Irene Thomas Park and Jesse Stevens Parks offer accommodations for parties of 50. All three have large grills and all for the same rental price as the other facilities
The Stafford Pavilion can accommodate up to 100 people and costs $50 for a half-day or $100 for a full-day rental.

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