Muhlenberg Park System Announces Opening of new Recreation Center

 

The Greater Muhlenberg Parks and Recreation System is thrilled to announce the new Sue & Brown Badgett Center at Muhlenberg County Park will open to the public on Monday, December 14. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Badgett Center will open with limited hours and at a limited capacity, but officials feel they can safely provide access to the new venue for county residents as long as state mandates are followed.

The 47,000 square foot facility is home to four courts for basketball, volleyball, futsal, archery and other sporting events. In addition, the facility houses a beautiful mezzanine area, batting cages, two meeting rooms, a concession stand, and catering kitchen. While the center will initially be open with limited guests to comply with all necessary social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the building will eventually play host to regional athletic tournaments, classes, and special events, along with providing additional space for school-related athletics. With its location adjacent to the Muhlenberg County High School’s West Campus, the Sue & Brown Badgett Center also hopes to serve as a convenient site for local youth to gather during out-of-school hours.

GMPRS Board Chair, Steve Wells, is pleased that the new recreation facility will allow the Muhlenberg County Park to serve the community year-round. “The Sue & Brown Badgett Center will be a great place for our kids and adults to participate in sports and other recreational activities during the entire year.  This type of full-year access is something that the park system has hoped to provide for some time, and it’s so exciting to see it becoming a reality.”  

Park Director Tommy Barton added, “With the strain of COVID affecting access to local schools for outside activities, the opening of this facility feels all the more important this year. The new space should make it possible to allow winter sports such as Jr. Pro basketball to move forward while still maintaining safety for our kids. We have begun sign-ups for Jr. Pro and Intramural basketball this week, and hope to have a season in January. Of course, this all hinges on our ability to contain this virus. We need your help; mask up, socially distance and stay safe. We will be working closely with school officials to determine our daily use and capacity. If they allow the school teams to restart practices and games, we feel confident we can mimic their safety standards.”

 

During December, the Sue & Brown Badgett Center will be open for gym activities such as basketball, volleyball, walking, batting cages, etc.  from 4 – 9 p.m. on weekdays and 1 – 9 p.m. on weekends, as permitted. Guests may purchase a $3 day pass to use the facility or are invited to purchase a yearly membership, batting cages are rented by the ½ hour. 

The new facility was funded entirely through private donors, with the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation taking the role of lead funder with a $3.25 million grant. Foundation President, Alyssa Manning, shared her excitement about the project. “The Foundation was thrilled to be able to partner with other community members and businesses to provide the financial funding needed to bring this kind of an opportunity to Muhlenberg County. The Park System has done an amazing job at designing a facility that will provide healthy recreation opportunities for both county youth and adults. In addition, it will become an economic driver for the county by hosting regional tournaments, providing new jobs at the center, and illustrating the outstanding quality of life Muhlenberg offers for those who live and work here.” 

For inquiries about the hours, membership or other usage of the Sue & Brown Badgett Center, please contact the Greater Muhlenberg Parks & Recreation Center at 270-377-1900 or email tommy@mcparks.org

 

                                           

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WELCOME

Welcome to the Greater Muhlenberg Parks and Recreation System.  With the help of the Felix E. Martin, Jr. Foundation and along with county, school, and city officials, a dedicated steering committee set forth in 2011 to create a county-wide parks and recreation system. The system is dedicated to providing a balance of active recreation, passive recreation, facilities and natural environments that are equitably distributed throughout Muhlen

berg County.  Our goal is to also provide programs, activities, and special events that appeal to a wide variety of interests so as to engage as many residents as possible.  We plan to partner with community organizations, the school district, and current programs and activities to enhance and expand the recreational experience and services of your county.

Our Mission Statement:

The Muhlenberg County Parks and Recreation System is committed to providing a high quality of life for all residents by providing access to an interconnected and outstanding system of scenic parks, active and passive recreation areas, facilities, programs, and services in a manner that promotes character building, is cost effective, aesthetical pleasing, environmentally conscious, and efficient.