Editor’s note: This article is the fourth in a six-week series published Tuesdays in the Herald. Articles are supplied by the Fairborn Park Foundation to help inform readers of the opportunities and activities offered by the Fairborn Parks and Recreation Division.
FAIRBORN — Whether you like to join friends for a pick-up game or a team with rules and referees, the Fairborn City Parks have the outdoor playing field for you. They provide opportunities for at least eight sports, plus a skate park.
Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, has facilities for basketball, baseball and softball, disc golf, soccer, tennis and sand volleyball. Fairfield Park, 1125 N. Central Ave., also has baseball, softball, basketball and tennis facilities as well as flag football.
Osborn Park, 51 Erie Street, in home to the city’s skate park along with a basketball courts and soccer fields. Soccer fields are also located at Rona Hills Park, 600 Roehner Drive, as well as basketball and tennis.
Maplewood Park, 1434 Ironwood Drive, and Wedgewood Park, 1424 Wedgewood Drive, each offer tennis courts. These two parks along Sandhill Park, 229 Sandhill Road, and Wright Park, 470 West Funderburg Road, also provide basketball courts
New this summer are outdoor adult basketball leagues. Dates, times and fees will be announced. If you have a team that would be interested in playing under the lights in Rona Hills Park this summer, please contact the Parks & Recreation office at 937-754-3090.
The Handyman Ace Hardware Disc Golf Course is located in Community Park through the prairie and wooded areas of the lower park section and is open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. It officially opened for play on Oct. 30, 2010, and is home of the WSU Disc Golf Club Team. This course held one of the state’s only PRO Tournaments the summer of 2013, and is looking forward to many more in the future.
Just like golf, there are 18 holes to challenge your disc skills. Beginner disc sets can be found at the Handyman Ace Hardware store. The course is rated No. 3 in Ohio and has a national ranking of 149 by Disc Golf Scene. The course received a rating of 4 out of 5 for excellence in disc golf play, five being the best by DG Golf Review and is considered by users to be “PRO level.” Don’t let that scare you away. This review also indicates how much fun this course is for beginners and all ages.
Get a great workout playing on one of the two sand courts located in Community Park at the east side of the upper park closest to the high school. No shoes needed – just bring your volleyball and bare feet.
Fairborn Parks and Recreation offers summer adult men and co-rec leagues with registration from January through April with the season running May through July. Those interested in the fall softball league can register from July through August with the season running from the end of August through September.
Both leagues guarantee 10 game seasons with fall ball being 5-week double headers. The softball leagues are played at Fairfield Park. Diamonds 1, 2, and 3 will look brand new with new fencing and new fields. Fairfield Park will see another renovation with the new 2015 Broad Street entrance.
The Fairborn Parks and Recreation Division offers youth tennis lessons, adult tennis leagues and a tournament at the end of summer.
Tiny Tennis, ages 5-7, will take place from 9-10 a.m. Mondays from June 9-23 and June 30 to July 14. Students will enjoy learning the forehand, backhand, volleys, and serve. Coordination games, tennis terms, and water breaks are all a part of this program. Cost is $10 per session.
Development Camp, ages 8-13, will take place from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 10-26 and July 8-24. Designed for tennis improvement or learning the game, each day will involve students with tennis-related drills, game play, and stroke specific activities. Participants will be grouped by ability and instructed accordingly.Cost is $20 per session.
Both Tiny Tennis and the Development Camps will be held at Wedgewood Park tennis courts at 1424 Wedgewood Drive.
Adult Tennis Leagues provide singles and doubles matches for the tennis enthusiast. League space is limited, so please register early. Registration is open to anyone high school age or older. There is a $10 participation fee per league. Both sides must bring a new can of tennis balls for each match.
An organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 5 at the Rona Hills Park tennis courts. Leagues start June 9. Singles will be played on Monday evenings and doubles will be Wednesday evenings. For 2014, due to construction and resurfacing of Community Park tennis courts, the leagues will play at Maplewood Park, Rona Hills Park and Wedgewood Park. Directions for each park and match locations will be on the league schedules.
Registration forms for Youth Tennis Lessons, Adult Tennis Leagues, and the end of summer Tennis Tournament, are available at the City of Fairborn Government Center, 44 W. Hebble Ave., or at the Parks and Recreation Office, 461 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.
Looking for more sport opportunities for your boy or girl? Keep up-to-date by visiting the Fairborn City Parks website at www.ci.fairborn.oh.us.
Other groups in Fairborn that provide additional organized and recreational sport programs include:
- Edge Athletic Center - www.edgeathleticcenter.com
- Fairborn Girls Softball Association – www.fgsasoftball.com
- Fairborn Little League Baseball – www.eteamz.com/FairbornLittleLeague
- Fairborn Skyhawk Soccer Club – www.fairbornsoccer.com
- Fairborn Wee Hawks – youth football and cheerleading - www.eteamz.com/FairbornWeeHawks
- SportsPleX - www.splex.com
- YMCA of Greater Dayton -Fairborn YMCA, 300 South Central Avenue
Next Tuesday’s article will focus on how “Music is in the Air” at the local parks.