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The mission of the Department of Parks and Recreation is to provide facilities and programs that enhance the quality of life for city residents. Below are details about our facilities and the various programs available.

Parks & Sites

Strawberry Patch Park

A seven-acre neighborhood park is located at 271 St. Augustine Drive (corner of St. Augustine Dr. and Old Canton Road) and includes:

  • One-acre lake.
  • One mile lighted walking trail.
  • Universal playground equipment, picnic tables, and benches throughout the park.
  • Strawberry Patch Meeting Hall & Chapel.
  • Restroom facilities are provided here.
  • Madison Children’s Memorial Garden.
Liberty Park

Located at 100 Liberty Park Drive, with nearly 70 acres of athletic fields and passive park space.

  • Eight lighted baseball/softball fields.
  • Four regulation soccer fields.
  • 3 T-ball practice fields.
  • Lighted batting cages.
  • Two beach volleyball courts.
  • Two concession stands.
  • 1 1/2 mile paved walking trail on the western side of Liberty Park.
  • Liberty Village Playground.
  • Four restroom facilities are located here.
Simmons Arboretum

Donated to The City of Madison by Dr. Walker Simmons family, located at 583 St. Augustine Drive, inside the gates of North Bay Subdivision near the tennis courts.

  • Designed as a nature area with slag walking trails.
  • It is an outdoor learning center with the different Mississippi native plants, trees, and shrubs labeled.
  • Trails consist of bridges, swinging bridges, and an overlook.
Madison Station Botanic Garden

The Madison Station Botanic Garden at the Montgomery Estate will feature over 7 acres of gardens on the mid-nineteenth-century estate of Hugh and Faye Montgomery.

STROLL the trails, paths, and courtyards and explore the Mississippi region’s intriguing natural and cultural wonders, where persistence, ingenuity, and deep respect have bound people to the land. The gardens will offer a significant and growing collection of native and heritage plants, including over 50 species of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals.

More Information

Flutter Way Pollenator Garden
Madison the City and Keep Madison the City Beautiful held a reception celebrating receiving a grant from America In Bloom and CN Railway to develop “Flutter Way”, the city’s pollinator garden. The garden is located behind the Strawberry Patch House on Old Canton Rd. The garden consists of over 1200 native shrubs, ground covers, and flowers which will support the biodiversity needed for the insect kingdom to have food, shelter, areas to breed, and also to eat. Plans also include identifying the plants using site placards and QR codes linked to a national plant database. The garden is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2024.
Those present from AIB and CN Railway include Laura Kunkle, AIB Executive Director; Marvin Miller, AIB Treasurer and Chair of the Grant Review Committee; and Antoine Hawkins, CN State & Local Affairs Manager for the Gulf Coast. Also in attendance were AIB Advisors Sue Amatangelo and Ed Hooker.
Practice Field Locations

Located at 100 Liberty Park Drive, with nearly 70 acres of athletic fields and passive park space.

  • Madison Avenue Sports Practice Area – next to the pecan grove.
  • Madison Avenue Lower Elementary – fields behind the school.
  • Old Madison Ridgeland High School football field (Formerly Tulane).

Athletics

Field Status & Closures

We have many recreational sports activities for our youth. Each of our sports is offered by its organization, governed by its volunteer executive boards to oversee their specific sports. These specific boards will administer their registration processes and provide all the needed support for their sport. We at the Parks Dept provide facilities for these community-based athletics. In most sports, we also hold non-voting memberships on their boards to stay in tune with their happenings to ensure best practices are being implemented for the youth of our community.

Baseball
  • Spring baseball is offered for ages 3-18 (must have turned three by April 30)
  • Fall Baseball is offered for ages 4-14 (must have turned four by April 30. However, all leagues must have a minimum of 44 players to play. Should a league not form, your registration fee will be refunded. Registration is offered at the end of August. Games are played on Sunday afternoons for six weeks beginning in late September or early October.
  • For more information on MRYC Baseball, go to their website
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Basketball
  • Basketball is offered for ages 5-18 (must be five by September 1). Registration takes place around the first of October. Practices will begin in early December, with games starting after January 1. All games are held at various Madison County Schools.
  • For more information on Basketball, visit their website or call Peggi Rafferty at 601-331-1575.
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Fast pitch Softball
  • Spring Fast Pitch Softball Leagues are available for girls 4-14 (must be between these ages by January 1). Registration begins in January and early February. MRYC regularly coordinates with other local community organizations to provide league play for individuals outside the Madison/Ridgeland area. Certain age groups may not have enough players to form a league, depending on the number of registrants each season. In that event, MRYC will refund registration fees.
  • Fall Fast Pitch Softball Leagues are available for girls 7-14 (must be between these ages by January 1). Registration for the fall season occurs in late August and early September. MRYC regularly coordinates with other local community organizations to provide league play for individuals outside the Madison/Ridgeland area. Certain age groups may not have enough players to form a league, depending on the number of registrants each season. In that event, MRYC will refund registration fees.
  • For more information on MRYC Softball, go to their website.
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Soccer

Mississippi Rush offers soccer in our area.

  • Spring Soccer is offered for ages 4-18. Registration starts around mid-November and goes through the second week in December each year. Walk-up registration is held in the courtroom of the Madison Police Department across from Rosa Scott. Please check their website for dates.
  • Fall Soccer is offered for ages 4-18 (players had to have been born in 2012 to be able to participate in our youngest age group). Registration is held around the middle of June and goes through the second week in July each year. Walk-up registration is held in the courtroom of the Madison Police Department across from Rosa Scott; please check the website for dates.
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Tackle Football
  • Tackle Football is offered for ages 8-12 (must be 8 by September 1). Registration begins in mid-June and ends around the middle of August. Combined age groups may be divided into individual ages depending on the number of registered participants.
  • For more information on MRYC Tackle Football, visit their website or call Peggi Rafferty at 601-331-1575.
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Volleyball
  • Central Mississippi Volleyball/Formerly MRYC Girls Volleyball is offered for ages 8-17. Registration is in January through the first week of February. Leagues are broken down by age and skill level. Girls will be provided a jersey, but are responsible for knee pads, volleyball spandex shorts, and shoes.
  • All leagues must have a minimum of 40 players to play. Should a league not form, your registration fee will be refunded.
  • For more information, go to their website.
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Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a sport that has elements of soccer, basketball, football, and hockey. The sport is great for all types of sizes and players and is also easy to learn and fun to play. Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S.

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CONTACT

Cole Smith
Director
csmith@madisonthecity.com
Chris Neel
Assistant Director
cneel@madisonthecity.com