21st Annual Christmas in Comer Reindeer Run 5k
Basketball 101 to be held in January
Tennis - Tennis lessons are offered in the spring and fall for all skill levels ages 6 and up.
Santa's Mailbox - Once a year, Santa's elves stop by the recreation department to pick up his mail. Children who would like to write Santa should address their letters to: Santa Claus; P.O. Box 248; Danielsville, GA 30633. Letters should be written by children, if possible, and should include a self addressed stamped envelope.
Santa's Calling - Santa Claus has reserved a day in December from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to telephone boys and girls who have been especially GOOD throughout the year. Parents of good boys and girls can contact the Recreation Department to request Santa call their child. Please be prepared to provide a phone number and brief wish list.
Coaches (Coaching Application and Background Check Form)
Overview of Activities
A coed T-Ball league is offered to boys and girls ages five and six. Practices begin in March, with games beginning in April and running through the month of May. Practices and games are held at the Sammy Haggard Park on Highway 98. The age control date for spring sports is May 1 of the year of participation.
Separate Pitching Machine leagues are offered to players who are seven - nine years old. These practices also begin in March, with games beginning in April and running through the month of May. Practices and games are held at the Sammy Haggard Park on Highway 98. The age control date for spring sports is May 1 of the year of participation.
Our Spring Soccer program is offered to boys and girls ages five through seventeen. Practices begin in March and games in April. We will be utilizing the Brewer Phillips Sports Complex for this program. The age control date for spring sports is May 1 of the year of participation.
Adult Softball Leagues are offered to those players who are sixteen and over. Leagues are offered for Men’s and Women's Church teams. Play begins in April with both leagues playing at Mize Park. League winners are sent to the Georgia Recreation and Parks District tournament. We also offer a coed softball league in July and August.
Fall coed soccer leagues are offered for youth ages five through seventeen. Practices begin in August, with the first games scheduled around the middle of September and the season ending in October. Practices are held at Mize Park and the games are played at Sammy Haggard Park. The age control date for soccer is September 1 of the year of participation.
The Madison County Recreation Department’s youth basketball program offers separate leagues for boys and girls ages seven through fourteen. Our basketball program begins practice in November, and games run through the beginning of February. Practices and games are held in the county’s elementary school gyms. The age control date for basketball is January 1 of the year of participation. For five and six year olds, a Basketball 101 class is held on Saturdays in January.
A Men’s Church basketball league is offered for those sixteen and over. League play begins in January with games being held on Sunday afternoons at the Madison County Freshman Academy gym. The league winner is sent to the Georgia Recreation and Parks District tournament.
Parks & Facilities
Sammy A. Haggard Park - 1345 Hwy 98W Danielsville, GA 30633 - Five lighted baseball/softball fields, two T-Ball fields, four lighted tennis courts, quarter mile lighted track, lighted football field, one multi-purpose field, two playgrounds, five lighted batting cages, two concession stands, three pavilions with electrical outlets, and a wallball court.
Main Pavilion – Located at the back of the Sammy Haggard facility. Seats approximately 100 people; adjacent to playground; charcoal grill available for use.
Playground Pavilion – Located at the front of the Sammy Haggard facility; closest to the County Maintenance department; seats approximately 50 people; adjacent to playground; charcoal grill available for use.
Tennis Court Pavilion – Located at the front of the Sammy Haggard facility; adjacent to tennis courts; seats approximately 40 people; charcoal grill available for use.
Brewer Phillips Sports Complex - 605 Brewer Phillips Rd. Danielsville, GA 30633 (Located off Hwy. 98 just west of Sammy A. Haggard Park) - Two lighted soccer fields, restrooms, concession stand, two covered pavilions, and a playground. More than one mile of walking trails encircle our two soccer fields and intertwine through a beautiful wooded area.
Mize Park - 55 Mize Park Dr. (Off Colbert Grove Church Rd.) Danielsville, GA 30633 - one lighted softball field, one pavilion with charcoal grill, one multi-purpose field, concession stand.
Diamond Hill Softball Complex - 5210 Hwy. 29 S Colbert, GA 30628 - Two lighted softball fields, one playground, one pavilion with charcoal grill, concession stand, two batting cages.
Colbert Community Park - 570 Shoal Creek Rd. Colbert, GA 30628 - One lighted baseball field, one non-lighted baseball field, one pavilion. The city of Colbert will be responsible for operation and upkeep of the Colbert Community Park beginning January 1, 2015. For questions or reservations after this point, please call Colbert City Hall at (706) 788-2311.
Memorial Park - 91 Albany Ave. Danielsville, GA 30633 (Off Hwy. 29; adjacent to the Madison County Government Complex) - Wooden gazebo with electricity and water available; picnic tables.
MCRD Main Number - email@example.com (706) 795-6270
Rain Out Line (706) 795-6273
Director/Athletic Coordinator - Robin Pendleton - firstname.lastname@example.org (706) 795-6272
Assistant Director/Program Coordinator - Dee Reynolds - email@example.com - (706) 795-6271
Park Maintenance - (706) 795-6274
Fax - (706) 795-3818
Current Recreation Advisory Board Members
Christa Estes - Chairman (County Wide) firstname.lastname@example.org
Terresa Alexander (District 1) email@example.com
Chuck Branson (District 2) firstname.lastname@example.org
Davis Mize (District 3) email@example.com
Alison Carter (District 4) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike McCain (District 5) email@example.com
Madison County Georgia Recreation Department Staff
Director/Athletic Coordinator - Robin Pendleton - firstname.lastname@example.org (706) 795-6272 Robin is originally from Habersham County, where she graduated from Habersham Central High in 1980. She was a three year letterman in basketball and tennis. Robin graduated from Young Harris Junior College in 1982 with an Associate of Arts Degree, was a two year letterman on the Young Harris women’s tennis team and a member of the Alpha Iota local sorority. She graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation. Robin began work with M.C.R.D. as Program Coordinator in 1984 and moved to the Athletic Coordinator’s position in 1986. She was promoted to Director in 2011. This position is in charge of overseeing the management of all day-to-day operations at M.C.R.D., as well as the organization and scheduling of all competitive team sports such as youth and adult basketball, youth t-ball and pitching machine, youth soccer, and adult softball.
Assistant Director/Program Coordinator - Dee Reynolds - email@example.com (706) 795-6271 Dee is a 1995 graduate of Madison County High School, where she was a four year letterman in softball. She attended Emmanuel College, where she lettered in softball for an additional four years, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a major in Sports Management in 1999. She has been employed as M.C.R.D.’s Program Coordinator since 2000 and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2011. Dee is responsible for managing M.C.R.D.’s classes and special events, such as tennis lessons, martial arts, fitness, Christmas in Comer Reindeer Run 5k and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. She also serves as director of our Summer Day Camp program and is responsible for recruiting and training our part-time employees.
Maintenance Coordinator - Grady Autry - firstname.lastname@example.org (706) 795-6274 Grady has been employed with M.C.R.D. since 1984. He is responsible for the maintenance of all recreation facilities owned, leased, or operated by the Madison County Board of Commissioners. His daily activities include establishing turf management practices, coordinating schedules of projects including renovations or new construction, and preparing fields for events and games.
Park Maintenance Supervisor - Bryan Lasseter - (706) 795-6274 Bryan graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1998 with an Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture. He has more than ten years of turf maintenance experience and has been employed with M.C.R.D. since 2005.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.) What forms of payment does M.C.R.D. accept? We currently accept cash and checks only. We are not able to accept any debit or credit cards at this time.
2.) What is your refund policy for athletic programs? No refund will be issued after coaches receive rosters unless the participant has a documented medical excuse.
3.) Does M.C.R.D. offer participant scholarships? We are committed to serving people regardless of their ability to pay. However, with our own limited resources, we expect all participants to share a portion of the program fees based on their ability. Parents who are unable to pay the full youth athletic registration fee may ask to fill out an assistance request form to determine their eligibility for a fee reduction. Qualified applicants will receive a fee reduction based on monthly household income and number of people living in the household. Applicants may be asked to provide a copy of their last federal tax return, and no participant may pay less than $10. Fees for camps and programs (tennis lessons, fitness classes, etc.) are not eligible for reductions.
4.) How do I reserve a picnic pavilion and what is the cost? Rental fee is $20 for private parties and free of charge for groups/teams affiliated with M.C.R.D. The rental fee is required at the time the reservation is made. Reservations may be made in person Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm at the Sammy Haggard Park Office. Reservations are not required but are HIGHLY recommended, especially during peak seasons. Patrons who have made a reservation through M.C.R.D. receive priority usage over patrons who have not made a reservation.
5.) Are pets allowed on park premises? Currently, M.C.R.D. does not allow pets due to safety and sanitation concerns. We hope to eventually have a designated area for pets at the Sammy Haggard Park Expansion. Service animals are permitted at our facilities.
6.) What is your tobacco/smoking policy? Tobacco products are prohibited within the gated areas of all of our parks. Usage is limited to parking areas only.
7.) What is the distance of the walking track at Sammy Haggard Park? Approximately 1/4 mile.
8.) Why do I no longer receive a quarterly brochure by mail? In an effort to reduce postage costs, M.C.R.D. no longer mails our quarterly program brochure. The current brochure may be accessed from the home page of our website. We also send printed copies of the brochure to all five Madison County elementary schools and various other county locations for distribution.
9.) How do I find out what activities M.C.R.D. offers? Our website is the best source of information. Upcoming activities are posted on our home page. Information about other activities may be accessed using the tabs located at the top of the screen. We also submit regular public service announcements to the Madison County Journal, and we keep the marquee sign at Sammy Haggard Park updated with upcoming activities. You may also contact us by phone (706-795-6270) or email (email@example.com) at any time.
10.) Who manages football and cheerleading? Football and cheerleading are run by the Madison County Youth Association (M.C.Y.A.), a group of parent volunteers. For information on these programs, please contact Clint Larkin at (706) 201-9709 or check out the M.C.Y.A. page on Facebook (search for MCYA).
11.) Who manages Little League baseball and softball? Little League baseball and fast pitch softball are run by Madison County Little League (M.C.L.L.). M.C.L.L. elects a new Board of Directors each year. This year's president and contact person is Susan Lee. Susan may be reached at (706) 206-0164. More information may also be found at www.madisoncountylittleleague.com or on the M.C.L.L. Facebook page (search for Madison County Little League).
- American League T-ball
- National League T-ball
- Boys Pitching Machine
- Girls Pitching Machine
- Pee Wee League Soccer
- Midget League Soccer
- Intermediate League Soccer
- Major League Soccer
- Senior League Soccer
- Men's Church League Softball