Recreation, including Special Events & Exercise
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Friday, December 9th from 6 - 8:30 pm
I.H. Clubhouse, 4523 Canada Road
Santa Claus is coming to Lakeland’s Christmas Festival, Friday, Dec. 9th, 6-8:30 p.m. at I.H. Clubhouse, 4523 Canada Road.
His expected arrival time is 6:15 p.m., when he will be escorted by the Shelby County Fire Department.
There will be live music, crafts and fun for the kids. Sponsors of the event are Marcos Pizza & Starbucks. Marcos is donating hot fresh pizzas for the occasion, and Starbucks will provide coffee and hot chocolate. Staff will serve hot cocoa to keep the chill away.
Santa will set up shop inside I.H. Clubhouse, so he can meet the good little girls and boys of Lakeland and hear all their Christmas wishes. Santa will have three special helpers, Miss Memphis, Chessie Bigham, Miss Shelby County, Cadana Campbell, and Miss Teen Shelby County, Gabriella Genereaux, joining him during the event.
As children wait anxiously to meet Santa, they can make crafts, have their face painted, or visit Mike the Balloon Man. Children will have the opportunity to make a Christmas Wish List to hand deliver to Santa. After all, we wouldn’t want him to forget what’s on little Johnny’s wish list this year. Who knows, maybe they will get a return letter from Santa in the mail….
Come join us as we celebrate Christmas time in the City of Lakeland. Parents, grandparents, and friends of the family, are invited to share the joy of the holiday season.
Parking will be available at First Baptist Church of Lakeland (across the street from IH Clubhouse) and in the new gravel parking lot. Shelby County Sheriff's Officers will be directly traffic. For more information, call Lakeland City Hall at 901-867-2717.
Any updates will also be posted here, on our Facebook page, Twitter page, and Comcast's Ch. 19.
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There's more! For information on the Lakeland Dance (monthly), Lakeland Fitness (IH Clubhouse), Silver Sneakers for Seniors (IH Clubhouse), Zumba, gyms, martial arts, paintball, golf, mini golf, etc...click here. Horseback riding, here.
Youth & Adult Sports, click here. (www.LakelandTN.gov/sports)
Special Thanks to the Lions Club...
The Lakeland Lions Club has been recognized by City of Lakeland officials for the depth and breadth of their support to Lakeland. They volunteer at and sponsor most Lakeland city events. These include the Easter Egg Hunt, Children's Fishing Rodeo, Halloween Festival, Christmas Tree Lighting, and anything else the city needs. They have built two park pavilions and provided play equipment for several playgrounds. They replaced the I.H. Clubhouse floor
and funded needed repairs as well as donated appliances, etc. to the Senior Center
next door. Visit their website
for more info.
A Few Past Parks & Recreation Events:
Poking in the Pond Nature Camp
-Kim Odom, Grant Administrator and Special Events Coordinator
Poking around had never been as much fan, as it was for kids participating in the Poking in the Pond camp hosted Saturday, Nov. 12, at International Harvester Managerial Park in Lakeland. The City of Lakeland’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Lichterman Nature Center partnered up to teach kids that ponds and lakes are rich habitats that support a diversity of life.
The elementary students tried mocking the sounds of various types of animals living near water. Eight-year-old, Jesse Grammer, had a pretty good duck call.
A nature walk around the IH Park and 5-acre fishing lake led to many discoveries on what types of animals live near the fresh water lake and how they survive living in the wild. The inquisitive campers quickly spotted clam shells and crawfish holes around the bank near the water.
Campers had the opportunity to see a beaver's skull, a heron's skull, and made friends with a red-eared slider turtle that volunteer naturalist instructor, Mavis Negroni, brought with her for show and tell. The group even got a close up look at living animals from the lake, when they filled up trays with lake water and observed the water, looking for living animals using magnifying glasses. Negroni, led an interactive nature class for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.
Scroll down to July 2014 for previous kids' art/science camps...
Halloween Festival 2016
-Kim Odom, Grant Administrator and Special Events Coordinator
Three hours of fun and excitement whizzed by as hundreds filled International Harvester Park for the annual Halloween Festival hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department, Sunday, Oct. 30th, 2016.
There were plenty of games, crafts, and contests planned for families at this year’s event. Trick-or-trick bags filled up quickly as more than 20 vendors joined in on the festival of fun by serving as candy and game stations throughout the event. The perimeters of vending stations lined up in front of the park’s stage started with Lakeland Lane featuring booths for Lakeland PTA, Lakeland Parks and Recreation, Lakeland Stormwater, Lakeland Currents, and the Lakeland Lion’s Club. Youngsters received goodies from additional vendors including Sprouts, AT&T, MemPops, and the Memphis Redbirds. Redbird reps were gave out baseball caps and schedules for next year’s season.
(Facebook photos: link, link2, link3, and link4).
First, second, and third-place trophies were awarded to winners of the costume contests for each age category and a Grand Prize trophy was awarded in the Family Category. The Tipler family of Lakeland went home with the biggest trophy of all, as grand prize winners all dressed up like the characters of The Wizard of Oz. Judges for the day, Patrick Robbins, Sue Lipscomb, and Nancy Koch, had their work cut out for them as they narrowed down the scores on their scoring cards. “It was hard to judge the kids,” said Lipscomb, city receptionist for Lakeland. “They are all so cute. It makes it challenging for sure.”
The Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest was quiet entertaining. First the kids took the stage and were given two minutes to dive into their very own pumpkin pie with their hands behind their backs. The participant eating the most of his/her pie in the time allotted was declared the winner of the contest. Maya Zelinski, 11, of Memphis, made a strike by winning a certificate for a family evening of bowling and pizza at Cordova Bowling Center.
The same rules applied for the adults competing for a $25 restaurant gift card. Faces were deep into pumpkin pies as the one-minute time clock ran out. Visual signs of pie filling from forehead to chin paid off for Eric Johnson of Lakeland, who was declared the winner of contest.
By 4 p.m., when the event ended, all 200 pumpkins were picked from Lakeland’s Great Pumpkin Patch, all the pumpkin pies were eaten, and there wasn’t a sign of candy or goodies left behind. Kids got their fill of fun, games, and prizes, and candy.
City of Lakeland Commissioner and Parks and Recreation Board liaison, Michele Dial, kept everything on time and running smoothly by emceeing the event. Dial said of this year’s festival, “What a wonderful day we had. Thanks to all the volunteers and contributors who made this day possible.”
“Seeing children dressed up, excited, and having such a wonderful time, that’s what events like this are all about,” she added.
The latest (plus archives) on the The LAMP Amphitheatre at IH Park, here.
October 22: Seeing Red
September 24: The Dantones plus Ted Horrell & the Monday Night Card
The Super 5 at IH Park / The LAMP Amphitheater
500 people attended!
Saturday, August 27th, 2016
IH Managerial Park / The LAMP Amphitheater
-Kim Odom, Grant Administrator and Special Events Coordinator
Thanks to everyone who came out to The Super 5 concert. What a great crowd! Thanks to The Super 5 band for rocking the night away in Lakeland.
Food and treats available by Central BBQ and Kona Ice of Memphis were delicious.
The kids took home lots of cool stuff thanks to our generous sponsors: Pop-A-Lock, Boomerang Escapes, and Mark Louderback with Edward Jones Financial.
An extra special thanks goes out to the Shelby County Sheriff's Officers and EMTs for directing traffic and keeping everyone safe!
Swingin' Leroy at IH Park / The LAMP Amphitheater
300 people attended!
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
IH Managerial Park / The LAMP Amphitheater
-Kim Odom, Grant Administrator and Special Events Coordinator
Lakeland Annual Children’s Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, June 4th, 2016
IH Managerial Park Lake
A little rain couldn’t stop 125+ young anglers from fishing as on and off again showers fell during the City of Lakeland’s annual Fishing Rodeo this morning at IH Park. The youth reeled em’ in - almost faster than they could count for the first 45 minutes of the competition. There were steady bites that kept kids reeling throughout the morning.
There were plenty of handy fish-accessory prize giveaways throughout the rodeo. Congrats to trophy winners Hadley Herron, 4, Most Fish Caught (Girl); Leo Kimery, 6, Most Fish Caught (Boy). There was a tie for Biggest Fish Caught. Winners were Charles Triplett, 7, and Jackson Brown, 6. Brody Woodall, 9, won a tackle box with accessories for guessing how many fish were in a jar filled with Gold Fish crackers. There were 966 crackers in the jar. Brody guessed 967. Great job to all the young anglers who came out today for a fun time. Thanks to parents and grandparents that weathered the rain – staying to the very end.
Special thanks to the Lakeland Lion’s Club, TWRA & the Shelby County Sherriff’s Department for helping to make this community-wide event a fun and safe event!
-Kim Odom, Grant Administrator and Special Events Coordinator
Tour de Lakeland &
Lakeland Spring Festival May 14th, 2016
Some of the landmarks of the Tour included:
Covered bridge at ChrisLeigh farms
Trinity Farms Equestrian Center
Beautiful Garner Lake
IH Clubhouse and Pavilion
Lakeland Leather Works
Memphis Propbusters – hobby aircraft flying center
Lakeland Elementary School
Future site of Lakeland Middle School
Scenic back roads and farms of north Lakeland
Events that were open to festival attendees and riders:
Live bands, tethered hot air balloon rides, face painting, inflatables, obstacle courses, adult beverage sampling, and kayak and paddle board activities. Plus food, prizes, and more!
Proceeds benefited the Lakeland Education Foundation. More info at LakelandTN.gov.tour.
2016 Easter Egg Hunt
by Kim Odom, Grant Administrator and Special Events Coordinator
Families turned out in groves Saturday morning (3/19/16) to hunt for eggs and participant in fun and games at Lakeland’s Easter Egg Hunt presented by the Parks and Recreation Department
and sponsored by the Lakeland Lion’s Club and Trustmark Bank.
The Easter Bunny hopped into town making a stop in Lakeland to count down the start of the egg hunt at I.H. Park
. On cue youngsters, ages 10 and under, began filling their baskets with plastic eggs scattered across three sectioned off parts of the 65-acre park. In a matter of minutes, 1,250 prized eggs were gathered. Every colored egg was filled with candy or an assorted toy. A few eggs had prize cards inside for either a complimentary Lego minifig set or a $5 gift card donated by Bricks and Minifigs.
After the egg hunt, families went inside of I.H. Clubhouse
to participant in various games such as bean bag toss, basketball shoot, Pick-a-Duck, Pick-a-Carrot, or they spent time at the craft table making a take-home craft or wearing a festive temporary face tattoo.
Cell phones snapped as families took photos with the Easter Bunny in front of a delicately-decorated lattice backdrop that made for a great family photo opportunity. The biggest smiles came from the children as they earned Bunny Bucks at every game station, then spent their Bucks at the 6-ft prize tables picking out just the right prize for them. Baskets quickly filled up with Yo-Yos, paddle balls, paint by number sets, mini Rubik’s Cubes, stuff animals, and various assorted toys.
The Ashworth family of Lakeland, Will (dad), Mary (mom), Charlie, 2, and Max, 1, took advantage of the opportunity for a family portrait as they posed for the camera. Will Ashworth said the family enjoyed all activities offered at this year’s event. “It was a lot of fun. There’s nowhere else we’d rather be right now,” he added.
A ticket drawing brought more excitement to the event as numbers were called out for the family-giveaway prizes donated by local businesses including Andy B’s, Pump It Up, Memphis Incredible Pizza, among others.
More than 30 volunteers including students from Arlington High School, Macon Road Baptist School, and St. Benedict, assisted during the event. Student volunteers earned community service hours for their part in the community-wide event. Volunteer judges scored the baskets and bonnets picking a first-, second-, and third-place winner for the Basket and Bonnet Decorating Contest. Gift baskets and special prizes were awarded to the winners.
Youngsters were all smiles hunting for eggs, playing games and making crafts, or in front of the camera with the Easter Bunny. Leaving out, they were still smiling as they inspected their baskets full of prizes.
“That’s what these events are all about,” said Robbie Spencer, director of Parks and Recreation
for the city of Lakeland. “That’s why we plan and organize these community-wide events. It is for the kids, parents and grandparents. It brings the community together and provides us an opportunity to serve the citizens of Lakeland in a family-friendly environment.”
2015 Christmas Festival
by Kim Odom, Grant Administrator and Special Events Coordinator for the city of Lakeland
Dashing through the suburban community, over the hills Santa rode, on a red fire truck all the way to the Canada Road’s North Pole. A courtesy ride abroad a Shelby County fire truck, Santa reached
his destination at I.H. Clubhouse, Dec.
4th, Friday evening for the Lakeland’s Christmas Festival. The event was presented by the Parks and Recreation Department
. The festival replaced the Winter Fest & Tree Lighting event held
last year at Lakeland Elementary.
Left photo by Jim Willis; Right photo by Kim Odom
Families gathered outside the Clubhouse enjoying live music by Eddie Harrison and food by Food Geek, while sipping on hot chocolate served by festival volunteers as they waited for Santa to arrive. Youngsters were also entertained with inflatables until his arrival.
Fire truck sirens sounded, as Shelby County Sheriff’s officers directed traffic upon his arrival. Climbing down from the fire truck Santa greeted the crowd of bright-eyed children anxiously waiting to see him.
The jolly ole’ elf was all smiles as girls and boys rushed in, surrounding him with hugs and happy faces.
Santa made his way to the pre-decorated 18-ft. Christmas tree located on the grounds in front of I.H. Clubhouse on Canada Road. On a count down by the crowd, Santa lit the enormous tree with his holiday magic, then went inside where he setup to meet all the good little girls and boys of Lakeland to hear all their Christmas wishes.
Inside there was plenty of fun and activities, with multiple craft tables manned by volunteers assisting children as they made take-home Christmas crafts, played Pin the Nose on Rudolph, had their face painted by professional artist Erika Bomarito, and wrote Santa a Wish List to hand-deliver when they visited him in a newly-opened room at the clubhouse. Six-year-old Bryce Roberson filled out his top three Christmas Wishes to give Santa, wishing for a remote control BB-8 (Star Wars droid), Nerf guns, and a Disney Infinity 3.0 game.
In the clubhouse’s new room, Santa’s workshop was setup in a winter wonderland showcased with glittery snow, flashing lights, adorable wintry animated characters, Christmas music and red carpet leading them straight to Santa and one of his many friendly Christmas elves. Claus heard every child’s aspiration as they took turns sharing their Christmas wishes.
After sharing their wishes, youngsters were given a candy cane and gift from Santa’s toy box. Santa’s helper made sure children remembered to put their wish lists in Santa’s mailbox – just so he doesn’t forget the wishes of good little boys and girls of Lakeland. Upon his return to the North Pole, Santa intends to send letters to all those who left addressed wish lists in his mailbox.
Big pumpkins, little pumpkins...
all sorts of pumpkins, were picked from the pumpkin patch at Lakeland’s Halloween Festival, Saturday, Oct. 24th, hosted on the field behind City Hall.
Thanks to the generosity of Tom’s Farms and Priddy Farms, the festival’s pumpkin patch was full of various types of pumpkins in all sizes and colors. There were even a few gourds in the pumpkin patch.
Despite uncertain weather, families came out for some festival fun, and they got it. Weather cooperated and the rain moved out, just in time for the outdoor Halloween festival and all its games and prizes.
Youth dressed up in their Halloween costumes and came out to decorate pumpkins, play games, participate in the judged costume contest, and possibly win a bike donated by Lakeland Lion’s Club during a drawing giveaway.
More than a dozen of talented Arlington High School art students showed off their skills by painting pumpkins or painting the bright cheery faces of youngsters at the festival. The art students earned community service hours to add to their college portfolios.
Vendors, including Pop-A-Lock, 4 Way Insurance, Mark Louderback with Edward Jones Financial, and Angie Franceschini representing Bartlett Pediatric Dentistry, played a huge role in the fun of the festival by handing out candy and goodies to youngsters throughout the afternoon and evening.
Thanks to many sponsors and donations made by various businesses and organization around the area, there were prizes galore for those of all ages and gender. The event wouldn’t have been as successful without their generosity.
Sponsors included Belz Enterprises, 4 Way Insurance, All-American Inc., Fireworks City, A2H, Lakeland Lion’s Club, Homer Skelton Ford of Millington, Trustmark Bank, Target, Republic Services, ATC Fitness, Memphis Incredible Pizza, Lenny’s Subs, Pink Palace Museum, Massage Paradise, Arlington Automotive, Sam’s Club, Priddy Farms, Tom’s Farm, Shelby Farms Park, Delta Blues Winery, Auto Zone, Salon Allure and Sprouts.
The cost was $5 for family of 3 or less, $8 for family of 4 or more.
As exciting as this year’s event was, Parks and Recreation Director, Robbie Spencer
promises next year will be even bigger and better.
-by Kim Odom, Grant Administrator and Special Events Coordinator for the city of Lakeland.
Here's the aerial photo/map
Lakeland Annual Children's Fishing Rodeo
By Kim Odom
Top left: Catching four nice-size catfish, Ayden Wing, 6, was declared the winner of the Most Fish Caught-Boy category of the fishing rodeo. He took home a trophy for a job well done.
Bottom left: Trey Simons, 6, won the Longest Fish trophy with his catch of the day measuring in at 19.5 inches.
Top middle: Jacob Ortiz, 7, stopped to check out PAL, mascot and friend of Pop-A-Lock of Memphis. Owner, Jimmy Wilkins, gave out balloons, pens, coloring books and more neat gifts, to help fill up the goody bags handed out to participants of the annual Fishing Rodeo.
Middle: Wildlife officer Andy Tweed measured each catfish caught during the fishing rodeo to declare a trophy winner for Longest Fish Caught for the day.
Bottom middle: Kaylee Elizabeth Grunden, 5, won a trophy and other prizes for Most Fish Caught-Girl category.
Top right: Maya McCreary, 9, won a tackle box in a tie for first-place for having the Longest Fish Girl category.
Bottom right: Veronica Tsao, 4, caught more than a fish at the rodeo tying for first-place for the Longest Fish Girl category, she also made friends with a dragon fly during the event.
About the Event:
Things heated up early, Saturday, June 6th, 2015, at the annual Fishing Rodeo, co-hosted by the city of Lakeland and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at I.H. Managerial Park. Lakeland Lions Club members offered cart rides around the 5-acre lake where participants picked out there favorite spot and got ready to compete for the big catch of the day.
On a countdown announced over a bullhorn, children ages 4-12, began fishing. The lake was stocked with 300-pounds of catfish just a few days before the event. Hooks set with various types of bait hit water and waited for a fish to bite. The tradition repeated itself throughout eight 15-minute sessions or a little longer if a winner wasn’t declared after the allocated time. Each session declared a First Catch-Boy and First-Catch-Girl winner and each received a prize. Among prizes given to winners were tackle boxes, lures, bobbers, brand new rod and reels, caps, and more.
Additional fish caught during the 15-minute sessions were strung and officially measured and counted at the end of the rodeo by TWRA officer, Andy Tweed, deciding the first-place trophy winners of the Longest Fish Caught; Most Fish Caught-Girl; Most Fish Caught-Boy.
Tweed said of the annual fishing rodeo, “We’ve been doing this rodeo for roughly 12 years. It’s a family-friendly event and everybody has a good time and goes home a winner.”
Youth participants were given a goody bag upon registering with gifts and surprises mostly geared toward fishing. Business owner and Lakeland resident Jimmy Wilkins of Pop-A-Lock of Memphis, and a standup version of the company’s mascot PAL supported the event by offering balloons, pens, coloring books, and other prizes to youth. PAL was also there to inform families of a free community program that Wilkins’ company offers called PAL Saves Kids and PAL Saves Pets. Anytime a child or pet is locked in a car, Pop-A-Lock staff will come and unlock the car for free. “This is totally for child and pet safety awareness,” explains Amy Wilkins, “especially during the hot summer days where heatstroke among children locked in cars is mind-blowing.”
Once youth received their goody bags it was time to cast out and try for another prize – the big catch of the day. Shortly after their lines were set, eight-year-old Hayley Simons, got a bite. Although the fish got away, the Simons clan left the rodeo happy fishermen. Fishing with worms, the Simons found a hotspot that concluded with Hayley’s young brother, Trey, six, taking home the winning trophy for Longest Fish Caught with his catfish measuring in at 19.5 inches. Even three-year-old Avery Simons caught a catfish before the rodeo ended. Hayden Simons, dad of the three children said, “We came out here with neighbors to give it a try.” He was joined by two neighbors and their children who normally fish on Garner Lakeland where they all reside. “It was a great day. We had lots of fun,” he added.
Jim Atkinson, Lakeland’s city manager said, “That’s what this event is about. It’s an opportunity to come out with your family and make memories. We are always thrilled to see our families bring the kids out for a day of fun.”
Winter Fest 2014
Lakeland's first ever Winter Fest kicked off at 6:30 p.m. on December 2nd at
Lakeland Elementary, 10050 Oak Seed Lane.
Over 200 came out for the visit with Santa, Christmas music (including then Public Works Director Bristol Roberts), a bagpipe performance by George Malone, seasonal craft making, and more.
FREE hot pizza samples were provided by Papa Murphy's of Lakeland. There was hot chocolate, too.
Several Commissioners attended including Vice-Mayor Sherri Gallick and Commissioners Clark Plunk and Gene Torrey. City Manager Chris Thomas attended with family but didn't mind pitching in to help dish out free Papa Murphy's pizza to the long line of people!
Mayor Bunker spoke before the lighting of the beautifully-decorated 16' Christmas tree. The display was spectacular and many children ran towards the shooting streamers in the air! The streamers were donated by Kevin Bailey at Fireworks City.
The event was sponsored by the City of Lakeland's Parks & Recreation Department. Special thanks to Brenda Lockhart, interim director for Parks & Recreation, as well as her crew of Lakeland employees and volunteers that helped make the evening a success.
The tree will be lit every night until the New Year!
Dessert Mystery Theater: “Dastardly Deed at Dry Gulch”
The Lakeland Senior Players gave a great performance on Nov. 7th, 2014 at IH Clubhouse before approx. 200 people!
The first ever senior play production called “Dastardly Deed at Dry Gulch” featured nine Lakeland seniors.
Toddlers to grandmothers and all ages in between attended the 7 p.m. performance. The attendees watched the play and had to guess who killed the sheriff as the finale of the evening. Dessert was provided at intermission.
Cast members included Cecil Tompkins, Bobbi Cornett, Barbara Hyatt, Bob Hamilton, Marie Wells, Ken Gurley, Trudy Scholten, Jeanne Hamilton, and Glen Payton. Mark Louderback, a friend of the cast and Arlington resident, was also in the play. And the culprit -- it was Sally Forth, played by Bobbi.
Thank-you to the Dessert Mystery Theater cast & crew for a wonderful performance! We appreciate all your hard efforts. A special thank-you to Director Jeanne Hamilton for donating her upright piano to the Senior Center after the performance.
Annual Veteran's Day Celebration
Lakeland Elementary School held its annual Veteran's Program on Nov. 7th with over 225 veterans listed on the Honor Roll.
A veterans slide presentation was accompanied by music by the Arlington High School Band. The American Flag was presented by the Shelby County Fire Department Color Guard accompanied by the drum and bagpipe corp.
The LES Glee Club performed the National Anthem. After the pledge of allegiance, Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell and Principal Joretha Lockhart made opening remarks. Mayor Wyatt Bunker spoke about the price of freedom and gave respect those who have sacrificed. Then, the Glee Club sang "Heart of America."
There were veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The service songs of the different branches were played: Army, Coast Guard, Marine, Air Force and Navy. A lone trumpet playing Taps was followed by a moment of silence to honor of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
As the Colors were retrieved, Lakeland Elementary students marched out and down the streets in their own parade. It was a fitting tribute to veterans here in Lakeland...and everywhere.
Lakeland's Walk to Remember Alzheimer's
On Nov. 1st, 2014, Lakeland Elementary students, staff and families and Lakeland Senior Center members teamed up to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. The Lakeland’s Walk to Remember team was among more than 1,100 participants walking 1.5 miles at the Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, Nov. 1st, to bring awareness and raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
The Lakeland School System, with direction from the school health coordinator, and the Lakeland Senior Center manager teamed up to coordinate local participation.
Halloween/Fall Fest 2014
On Friday, October 24th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., over 200 came out to IH Clubhouse for fun including 12 carnival games, candy & prizes!
The event was for ages 3-12 and their families. FREE hot pizza was provided by Papa Murphy's of Lakeland.
Kids and parents alike wore costumes and participated in various games for which candy and tickets were won and tickets turned in at the end of the evening for prizes.
City Manager Chris Thomas, Commissioner Gene Torrey and wife Marty, and Commissioner Clark Plunk were in attendance to help with the event. Several City employees participated including Kim Odom, who gave out prizes, and Rhonda Fink who welcomed children and their parents to the event.
Halloween/Fall Fest is sponsored by City of Lakeland and Lakeland Lions Club. Special thanks to Brenda Lockhart, Lakeland Interim Parks & Rec Director, the Lakeland Lions Club volunteers, First Baptist Church for use of their parking lot, and the Shelby Co. Sheriff Dept. for directing traffic and assisting participants across the road.
Smartycat Kids Mini-Camp
Smartycats ran a Junior Scientists Summer Program from July 7 -11, 2014 at IH Clubhouse. The camp ran Monday-Friday from 1 - 4 pm. The camp was for children entering Kindergarten through entering grade 5.
The Junior Scientists camp was about bringing science to life and showing the campers how exciting science exploration and experimentation can be! They worked on projects and experiments such as creating chemical reactions that oozed, bubbled, fogged, or changed color; launched projectiles and explored physical forces; built and tested solar powered machines; studied Earth science and living organisms; tinkered with technology; and many more exciting, engaging, and fully hands-on activities!
More info at www.smartycatkids.com or call Smartycat Kids at 732-762-5022.
18th Annual Children’s Independence Day Parade
All Lakeland children and their parents were invited to decorate a bicycle, wagon or their favorite float to participate in the 18th Annual Children’s Independence Day Parade on July 4th, 2014.
Trustmark Bank, Cotton Cabin Fireworks City, Scott’s Nursery, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, and Windward Slopes sponsored the parade. The parade proceeded through Windward Slopes. Scott Munchow, from Scott's Nursery, brought his tractor to pull the big red wagon that sits on US Hwy 70 in front of his business and encouraged riders.
Lakeland Annual Children's Fishing Rodeo & Fun Fest
On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, nearly 100 children and their families came out to IH Managerial Park Lake for some family fun. The Annual Fishing Rodeo & Fun Fest is for children ages 4-12.
Many prizes were given out (see photo). The Fishing Rodeo also included a "Fun Fest." There were moon bounces, obstacle courses, slides, a petting zoo and camel rides (Hooker Farms of Milan, TN), as well as horse and pony rides. There were free drinks & hot dogs and free pizza by Papa Murphy's of Lakeland!
The Fishing Rodeo included seven, 15-minute sessions. Prizes were given during every session. Trophies were given out for the longest fish - boy (Warner Quinn), longest fish - girl (Laree Carter), most fish caught - boy (Leo Kimery & Joseph Opferman), and most fish caught - girl (Jordan Miller).
Lakeland appreciates Mayor Wyatt Bunker and Commissioner Gene Torrey for planning and facilitating the event. Special thanks to the Lakeland Lions Club for offering golf cart rides to and from guest vehicles, helping with judging, and handing out prizes that were donated by several local businesses. Thanks to First Baptist Church of Lakeland for allowing participants use of their parking lot. Photos by Ken Glazer and Jim Willis.
Lakeland Community Easter Egg Hunt
More than 120 children and their families brought Easter baskets to the Lakeland Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Lakeland.
Children ages 2-10 participated in arts and crafts, face-painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and an egg hunt. The Lakeland Community Easter Egg Hunt was sponsored by the Lakeland Lions Club, Trustmark Bank in Lakeland, and the City of Lakeland.
2nd Annual Outdoors Festival
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
I.H. Park at 4523 Canada Road
Festivities included live music, fun children’s activities, and displays by local artists, clubs and businesses. Outdoor experts gave demonstrations on kayaking, fly fishing, tree climbing, camping, bird watching, mountain biking, and more!
The event, hosted by the City’s Natural Resources Board, is aimed at getting children and parents involved with outdoor activities. Exhibitors included Mid-South Trails Association, the Wolf River Conservancy, Mid-South Fly Fishers, the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, Tennessee State Parks, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, the Memphis Zoo, the Tennessee Ornithological Society, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the C.H. Nash Museum at the Chucalissa Archeological Site and more! See photos, here. Photos from 2012, here.
Questions, suggestions, or comments about our programs?
Contact Parks & Rec staff, here. Click here for info on Parks & Recreation/Natural Resources Board meetings, which are open the public.
For more information on upcoming Lakeland Parks & Recreation activities, contact:
Robbie Spencer, Parks & Recreation Director, , 901-867-5407
Kevin Rooney, Recreation Program Supervisor, , 901-867-5414
This page can also be accessed via LakelandTN.gov/events. Feel free to share link!