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Parks and Rec Notes



Summer Playground Program

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Playground Program runs from June 15 until Aug. 14 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays. Registration is now open. The fee is $60-110 per week plus a $25 registration fee. There is a 10 percent discount for multiple siblings. The Summer Playground Program features daily activities including indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, gardening, and many more activities. Campers will need to bring lunch, two snacks and drinks. Our Summer Camp is mainly outdoors, weather permitting.

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.

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.

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.

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).