London Parks and Recreation keeping busy

The residents of London, Ohio are becoming more and more active and London Parks and Recreation director Tony Brake couldn’t be happier or busier.

As the summer ascends upon Madison County, residents are looking for ways to stay active and Brake is doing everything in his power to accommodate the masses.

“For me that’s an important part of the job, if there’s an interest we will try and accommodate it,” Brake said.

Brake recently was approached by a collection of London residents interested in playing tennis, instead of directing them toward a local court and encouraging them to have a good time, he took it a step further and put together an organized recreation league.

Parks and Recreation will have organized tennis on the courts at London High School on Tuesday’s at both 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. through the month of August. This will be for tennis players of all levels and all ages 12 to 99.

“We had about 20 or so people that wanted to do this and we wanted to give them a place where they could play on a regular basis this summer,” Brake said.

Brake said the one area which keeps Parks and Recreation busiest during the summer months is the London Municipal Pool at 205 Park Ave. It is a facility that was originally built in 1939, and includes a main swimming pool, diving pool, baby pool and adults only racing pool.

“That’s probably the biggest thing right now,” Brake said. “The wet weather has affected us a little bit, but we have had a lot of families signing up and taking advantage of the pool passes.

Parks and Recreation offers day passes and season passes as well as swim lessons, adult swim hours, pool rentals and party packages. For more information on the London Municipal Pool the Parks and Recreation website or Facebook page are available online.

Brake said his department has continued to work on improving conditions of playing fields and surfaces, while also providing opportunities in other areas.

The director said there’s been interest from the community for everything ranging from sand volleyball courts, to disc golf courses and everything in between. An attempt to revive an adult summer softball league didn’t go so well in the spring, but Brake thinks there’s a chance of a late summer league.

“We tried to do a softball league this spring and that didn’t fly,” he said. “Years ago softball was a big thing here. We may try to do a league in July and August.”

Brake said his door is open to listening about any ideas members of the community may have concerning the city’s Parks and Recreation department.

“I keep inviting people, if there’s a group of people that want to do something in this community, we’re willing to listen and do what we can to help,” Brake said.

Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.