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Learn to swim!

Learn to swim!

The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will conduct swim lessons with certified Red Cross instructors this summer at M.J. Hickey Pool.  The Learn to Swim program will have four sessions beginning on June 11.  Each session will be Monday – Thursday for a two week period.  Classes will be at 9:15 am to 9:55am, 10:00am to 10:40am, 10:45am to 11:25am and 6:45pm to 7:25pm.  Class space is limited. 

Registration for the lessons will begin May 1 at the Hughes Community Center located at 1000 East Parkway - Monday through Friday - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Minors must be registered by a parent or legal guardian and a fee of $60 will be required to register.  For more information call 968-1272.

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host Bicycle Rally

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host Bicycle Rally

Lake Dardanelle State Park will be hosting a bicycle rally as part of the annual Resource Rendezvous event. Join us in celebrating the great outdoors!

This bicycle rally will be held May 5, 2012 for age 2-13. Helmets are required; we will have a limited number of helmets on hand that can be borrowed. We will have three age divisions: ages 2-6 with training wheels, ages 6-9 without training wheels, and ages 10-13 (without training wheels), this division will have trivia challenges to complete as part of the race. You must register; either before the event at the visitor center or the morning of at the registration table.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and races will begin at 10 a.m. There is no entry fee. Prizes will be awarded after all races are complete followed by a free lunch which will be provided to all participants.

Pool passes available in May

Pool passes available in May

The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will begin selling individual pool passes for M.J. Hickey Pool beginning May 1.  Individual passes are available at $75 per pass.  Reservations for private pool parties will also begin on May 1.  Available times:  Saturday   9am to 11am, 

Monday - Thursday, 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Cost:   $50 per hour pool rental.  Lifeguards are $12.50 per hour per guard.  Number of guards based on attendance number.  1 – 50 = two guards, 50 – 200 = 3 guards, over 200 = 4 guards.

Passes may be purchased or reservation may be made at the Hughes Community Center located at 1000 East Parkway - Monday through Friday - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.  For more information call 968-1272.

Arkansas Tech's Reagan Moore makes collegiate fishing history

Arkansas Tech's Reagan Moore makes collegiate fishing history

Arkansas Tech University student Reagan Moore does not fit the mold of the average winner on the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship tournament series, but she doesn't let that stop her.

"Most girls don't even think about getting involved in college fishing because they think it's just for boys," said Moore. "But this is not just a boys' sport. Women are just as good as men." 

Moore (photographed) proved those words true when she won the individual title at the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash on Lake Lavon in Allen, Texas, on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24.

With her victory, Moore became the first female angler to ever win a BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship tournament series event.

Her winning catch was a 7.84 pound bass.

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

"The Theba Thing" is about stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and trying the things that have been on my mind and heart.

In the fall of 2011, I was bitten by the bike-riding bug. I went biking at Two Rivers Park with my brother and his family visiting from Fayetteville. I knew I was going to “have to” go, because they’re big into outdoor activities.  So I rode one of their extra bikes and I absolutely had the time of my life.

I had no idea these wonderful scenic trails existed so close to where I lived. I sure have been living in a comfortable bubble, which usually means to me, where there are no bugs, no potential for bumps and scratches and plenty of air conditioning.

Nevertheless, I was hooked. I started planning how both my mother and I could enjoy bike riding together, and get my friends in on the action as well.  But first I had to convince mom that she would enjoy it as much as I did.

Summer Adult Softball Registration Deadline

Summer Adult Softball Registration Deadline

Russellville Recreation and Parks Department

The deadline for the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department Summer Adult Softball League is Friday, March 23 at 5:00pm.  Teams that register must pay the entry fee and submit the entry form, and a team roster.  All forms are available at the Hughes Community Center located at 1000 East Parkway.  Call 968-1272 for more information.