Hoover Parks & Recreation
Alabama Adventure | Birchtree Tennis Center | Bluff Park Community Center | Georgetown Lake Park Hoover Lake House | Hoover Sports Park East | Hoover Sports Park Central
Hoover Sports Park West Hoover Metropolitan Stadium | Hoover RV Park | Howard Lake | Inverness Park | Loch Haven | Moss Rock Preserve | Russet Wood Park | Sertoma Park
Simmons Tennis Courts | Spain Park Sports Complex | Star Lake | Trace Crossings Athletic Fields | Wildflower Park
No matter what your age or stage of life, the Hoover Recreation Center has a place for you. Located at 600 Municipal Drive between Highway 31 and Lorna Road, the center offers programs and activities designed to keep every member of the family physically as well as mentally active and involved in lifelong learning and fitness.
The Hoover Recreation Center has a complete fitness center with weight and cardio equip-ment, an indoor track (8 laps = 1 mile), a Junior Olympic size indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, locker rooms, a nursery for ages six weeks to six years, a game room/lounge, a racquetball court, an activity room, an arts & crafts room, meeting rooms and an office area. A qualified and friendly staff serves the thousands of Hoover resident members.
Popular programs at the Rec Center include child care, team sports for children and adults, and specialty classes in such areas as dance, foreign language, arts, crafts, computer skills and personal image. Therapeutic opportunities for preschoolers through adults are also available.
One of the center's most popular programs is the Hoover Recreation Teen Board. Comprised of 20 teens living in or attending school in Hoover, the Teen Board plans and hosts at least five teen events each year. Members of the Teen Board are selected through application and interview process, and serve for one or more years.
Hoover Recreation Center amenities include:
- Fitness center
- Personalized fitness instruction
- Indoor pool
- Indoor track
- Locker/shower facilities
- Changing room
- Child care facilities
- Racquetball court
- Arts and crafts room
- Meeting rooms with kitchen.
Membership is limited to Hoover residents and is available by the following classifications:
- GENERAL: $25/year per member under age 55. (track, game room, Recreation Center admission)
- SENIOR GENERAL $10/year per member under age 55. (track, game room, Recreation Center admission)
- FULL MEMBERSHIP Single Person: $240; Family: $360; Senior Single: $180; Senior Family: $240. Fees are paid annually. (all areas with aerobics included; swim lessons excluded)
Directions to the Hoover Rec Center:
from north: Take I-65 South (toward Montgomery) to I-459 West (toward Tuscaloosa). Take the first exit off I-459, Exit 13. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Highway 31. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Municipal Drive. The Recreation Center is about 1/4 mile down Municipal Drive on the left.
from south: Take I-65 North (toward Birmingham) to I-459 West (toward Tuscaloosa). Take the first exit off I-459, Exit 13. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Highway 31. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Municipal Drive. The Recreation Center is about 1/4 mile down Municipal Drive on the left.
from east: Take I-20 West (toward Birmingham) to I-459 West (toward Tuscaloosa). Take Exit 13 off of I-459. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Highway 31. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Municipal Drive. The Recreation Center is about 1/4 mile down Municipal Drive on the left.
from west: Take I-20E/I-59N (toward Birmingham). At Exit 106, merge onto I-459 (toward Gadsden/Atlanta). Take Exit 13. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Highway 31 and go under the overpass. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Municipal Drive. The Recreation Center is about 1/4 mile down Municipal Drive on the left. from hwy 31: Heading South toward Pelham: Turn left onto Municipal Drive. The Recreation Center is about 1/4 down Municipal Drive on the left.
For more information about the Hoover Recreation Center or about Hoover Parks and Recreation facilities and programs in general, call:
Main number: 444-7777
Administrative offices: 444-7780
Hoover Recreation Center: 444-7781
Other Hoover Parks & Recreation facilities include:
- Alabama Adventure
In March of 2006, Southland Entertainment announced the name for Alabama's water and theme park would be changed to Alabama Adventure - "The New Name for Fun!"
The 200-acre park, built in 2003, needed a name change after Southland Entertainment invested over $20 million in park expansions and improvements. With the new and exciting changes - including added rides and attractions - renaming the park was inevitable.
"Alabama Adventure is no longer just a regional theme park, but also now an entertainment destination," said Ken Lemasters, President of Southland Entertainment. "Alabama Adventure will give families an unforgettable experience full of thrills and excitement."
Alabama Adventure is projected to expand according to the master plan created by Southland Entertainment in which multi- millions will be invested. In addition to new rides in the existing theme park and water park, the plan calls for the addition of new park amenities such as an animal park, a hotel with an indoor water park, a sports complex, RV park, interactive water play area, stock car racing zone and many more exciting attractions.
Not only is Alabama Adventure expanding, they are also adding nationally known recording artists for their 2007 summer season.
"We had anticipated the opening of the park with our park's new name, Alabama Adventure, for many months and we are excited about the future plans," said John Collins, general manager of Alabama Adventure. "This summer has provided many excellent opportunities to showcase what Alabama Adventure offers in terms of thrilling and exciting rides along with entertainment."
Alabama Adventure is located only 16 miles southwest of Birmingham, a mile north of I-459 at exit 110. The park opens weekends beginning April 22 and full time starting Memorial Day Weekend. Season passes are on sale now for the 2007 season. To obtain further information about Alabama Adventure please visit www.alabamaadventure.com or call 205-481-4750.
- Birchtree Tennis Center
3583 Burntleaf Circle
Amenities: Six lighted tennis courts, a pavilion, restrooms, showers and a private pool. For membership to the pool, contact Dinah Shunnarah at 979-7541. For tennis information, contact Davidson Kozlowski at 978-9090 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Tennis memberships can be purchased at the Hoover Recreation Center (single = $15.00 per year; household = $30.00 per year) Directions: Traveling south on Highway 31, turn right onto Patton Chapel Road South. Go about 2 miles and turn left at Fire Station #2 (there will be a traffic light) onto Chapel Lane. At the end of Chapel Lane turn right onto Al Seier Road then left onto Al Seier Drive. Take the second right onto Atkins Trimm Blvd.Go to Burntleaf Lane and turn right. The parking lot is about 1 block down Burntleaf on the right.
From Highway 31 at Highway 150, follow Highway 150(John Hawkins Blvd.) 3 or 4 miles. (Wal-Mart and Hoover Toyota will be on the left.) Just past Long Lewis Ford, turn right onto Sulphur Springs Road. Follow Sulphur Springs about 2 miles to Atkins Trimm Blvd. and turn right. Followthis road to Burntleaf Lane and turn left. The parking lotis about 1 block down Burntleaf on the right.
- Bluff Park Community Center
517 Cloudland Dr.
Amenities: Rentable facility (100 people max) with microwave, dishwasher, oven, refrigerator, tables and chairs. Call 444-7780 or 444-7781 for reservations. Playground equipment, restrooms and the private Shades Cliff Pool are onsite. For information about pool membership, contact Lisa Reynolds at email@example.com. Directions: From Highway 31, turn onto Patton Chapel Road South. Continue on this road for several miles to the second red light. Turn right onto Park Avenue (Shades Crest Baptist will be on the left). Turn right onto Rock View Lane. Take an immediate left onto Cloudland Drive. The center will be on the left-hand corner.
- Georgetown Lake Park
2224 Myrtlewood Drive
Amenities: A three-acre lake surrounded by a lighted track made up of a wooden walkway as well as some asphalt (2 3?4 laps = 1 mile). Playground equipment, one grill and two rentable gazebos are available. Call 444-7780 or 444-7781 for information.Directions: Go north (towards Vestavia) on Lorna Road and turn right onto Georgetown Drive (across from Shipley's Do-nuts). Go to a stop sign and take a left. The park will be around the corner on the right.
- Hoover Lake House
300 Municipal Drive
Amenities: Rentable gazebo, playground, and walking track around the three-acre Howard Lake (2.5 laps = 1 mile).The Lake House can be reserved for civic or social events.For more information call 444-7780 or 444-7781. Directions: Going south on Highway 31, turn left onto Municipal Drive. The Lake House is about a 1/4 mile down Municipal Drive on the right.
- Hoover Sports Park East
2649 Old Rocky Ridge Rd.
Amenities: Softball, baseball, soccer and football fields along with a pavilion, playground equipment, press box and concession stand. Directions: From Lorna Road, turn onto OLD Rocky Ridge Road, adjacent to the overpass above I-459. Continue for about 3 miles, through a residential area. The park is on the right. Going east on I-459, take the Acton Road exit. Turn left. Go to the third traffic light and take a left onto Old Rocky Ridge Road. Follow the road around to the park on the left. Going west on I-459, take the Acton Road exit. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Go to the third traffic light and take a left onto Old Rocky Ridge Road. Follow the road around to the park on the left.
- Hoover Sports Park Central
468 Chapel Ln
Amenities: Six softball fields, a football field, a track around the perimeter (2.5 laps = 1 mile), two playgrounds, a concession stand, press boxes and restrooms. This park is home to the girls' softball program. Directions: From Highway 31 turn onto Patton Chapel Road South. Go 1.5 miles. At the first light, turn left onto Chapel Lane. Follow Chapel Lane for about .5 miles. The park is on the right.
- Hoover Sports Park West
Al Seier Rd.
Amenities: Also known as Shades Mountain Ball Park; nine baseball fields, a playground, track and press boxes. directions: From Hwyy 31, turn onto Patton Chapel Road South. Go about 1.5 miles and turn left at the first light onto Chapel Lane. Go to the stop sign and take a right onto Al Seier Road. Follow Al Seier for about 1.5 miles; park is on the left.
- Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
100 Ben Chapman Dr.
Amenities: "The Hoover Met" is the home of the Birmingham Barons Minor League Baseball team and is the Hoover High School's football stadium. The Met has seating capacity of 15,000, banquet facilities, concession stands, BBQ picnic facilities and skybox suites. Call 988-3200.
Directions: Take I-459 South to Exit 10. Turn left at the light and go under the interstate. At the third traffic light,turn right onto Stadium Trace Parkway. Go 2 to 3 miles.The stadium is on the left.
- Hoover RV Park
100 Ben Chapman Drive
142 pull-through spaces, 20, 30 & 50-amp electrical hook-ups, water hookups, sanitary hookups, additional space available for canopies and tow cars.
- Howard Lake
300 Municipal Drive
8 acres, Three-acre lake, lighted track, playground, pavilion, parking, rental facility (30-40 guests) with kitchen.
- Inverness Park
Inverness Center Pkwy.
Amenities: Playground located adjacent to Fire Station #7. directions: Take I-65 South to the Valleydale Road exit. At the traffic light turn left onto Valleydale Road. Go 5 miles, turn left onto Inverness Parkway. Take the first left into the driveway of Fire Station #7. Follow the drivewayto the left into the park.
- Loch Haven
Loch Haven DR
Amenities: Walking trail, gazebo, grills, and an open play area. directions: From Lorna Road, turn onto Rocky Ridge Road. Follow Rocky Ridge Road and turn right at a traffic light onto Wisteria. Go to the second stop sign and turn left. The park is on the left.
- Moss Rock Preserve
Under the jurisdiction of the City of Hoover's Urban Forestry Department, Moss Rock Preserve (MRP) is a perfect balance of nature and community with an abundance of trees and plants, rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls, wildlife and other unique features. For more information, visit www.hooveral.org and see the articleon pg 38 of the Hoover Magazine
- Russet Wood Park
105 Top O' Tree Ln.
Amenities: Neighborhood park with a small playground, pavilion and walking trail.directions:Going south on Highway 31, turn right onto Highway 150. Follow the road to South Shades Crest; take a left. Go 1.5 miles to Russet Woods Lane and take a right. Go to Top O Tree Lane and go left.
- Sertoma Park
3301 Thornton Dr.
Amenities: Playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, and four lighted tennis courts.
directions:Turn onto Deo Dara Drive off Highway 31. Take a left onto Thornton Drive. Follow the road over a small hill behind Green ValleyElementary School.
- Simmons Tennis Courts
1575 Patton Chapel Rd.
Amenities: Six lighted tennis courts.
directions: From Highway 31, turn onto Patton Chapel Road South. Go about 1.5 miles, through the first light. Continue to follow Patton Chapel a short distance. The tennis courts will be on the left, just before Simmons Middle School.
- Spain Park Sports Complex
4710 Valleydale Rd.
Amenities: Next to Spain Park High School; two adult softball fields, two baseball fields for 15-18 year olds, a sheltered picnic pavilion, a concession stand and restrooms.directions: Take I-65 South and exit at Valleydale Road. Take a left at the light and follow road for 3 to 4 miles. The park is located just past Jefferson State Community College (Shelby campus) on the left.
- Star Lake
Star Lake Dr.
Amenities: Walking trail (2.5 laps = 1 mile) that surrounds the lake and a picnic area.
directions: Going south on Highway 31, turn right onto Deo Dara Drive. Take the first rightonto Star Lake Drive. Star Lake is straight aheadon the right.
- Trace Crossings Athletic Fields
5454 Learning Ln.
Amenities: Two soccer fields. directions: Take I-459 towards Tuscaloosa and take Exit 10. Turn left at the light and go under the interstate. At the third traffic light, turn right onto Stadium Trace Parkway. Go 2 miles and turn left onto Learning Lane. Turn right onto the street leading into Trace Crossings Elementary School. The fields are on the right.
- Wildflower Park
2000 Wildflower DR.
Amenities: Outdoor basketball court, a walking track (5 laps = 1 mile) and public restrooms.The athletic field is not used for organized sports. directions: Going south on Highway 31, turn right onto Riverchase Parkway West. Go to Wildflower Drive and take a left. The park isat the end of the cul-de-sac.
Calling the Parks & Recreation office at (205) 444-7780 may reserve rental facilities. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rentals are made to Hoover residents only. Deposits are required on most facilities. Business, political and religious functions, indoor smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.