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Parks and Rec Notes



Johnston County Senior Games registration opens

Registration for the Johnston County Senior Games is open until March 13. The Games will be held April 13-24. The games are a health and fitness program for ages 50 and older with 30 athletic events (including cycling, corn-hole, pickelball, track & field, walking, bowling, bocce, golf and more). The competition also includes the Silver Arts (visual including acrylics, drawing, photography), Heritage arts (quilting, knitting, needlework), Literary arts (essays, poems, short stories, life experiences) and Performing arts (comedy/drama, vocal, dance, instrumental). To register or to volunteer to help with the games, call 919-553-1550.

Free MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition

A free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Clayton Community Park Field No. 3. Boys and girls (competing separately) in ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 (as of July 17) will have the opportunity to compete in the first of four levels of competition. Later rounds include events at all 30 MLB parks, the national finals and the MLB All-Star Game. For info or to register visit and click on the Pitch Hit and Run header.

Tennis for ages 10-and-under

Quick Start Tennis is specifically designed for children under 10 to learn the basics of tennis such as hand-eye coordination, footwork and racquet control. A six-week run of lessons on Tuesdays will be held at Clayton Community Park. Ages 5-7 train from 6 until 6:45 p.m.; ages 8-10 from 7 until 7:45 p.m. The new session starts March 17. The fee is $40-55.

Beginner tennis lessons

No experience required beginner tennis lessons will be offered at Clayton Community Park for ages 11 and up beginning March 17. Ages 11-15 train from 6:30 until 7:25 p.m. and ages 15 and up play from 7 until 7:45 p.m. for a four-week session. The fee is $30-45.

Intermediate tennis lessons

Those with some tennis playing experience can take intermediate tennis lessons (ages 14 and up) at Clayton Community Park on Thursdays, beginning March 19 for a four-week run. The cost is $35-50.

Clayton Community Center Memberships

Memberships for use of the Clayton Community Center are available through the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department for residents of the Town of Clayton and non-residents. Non-residents rates vary from $50-160 yearly (depending on ages/numbers of family members), $8-20 monthly or $6-10 monthly. Residents fees are only $5 per year.

Exercise classes

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of exercise classes, including Zumba, yoga, pilates, cardio kick and more for all ages. For information on the offerings, times and costs visit online.

Volunteers needed

The Clayton Parks Dept. is looking for volunteers. Opportunities include park beautification, special events and work in our community garden.

If you are interested or know a group looking for community service opportunities, call 919-553-1550 or come by the Clayton Community Center (715 Amelia Church Road).