Parks and Recreation

Guide to Recreation in Greenville

Contact Number: 662-378-1670

A lack of things to do is no excuse for sitting in front of a screen.  As you’ll see in this guide of recreation centers, parks, swimming pool, and golf course, Greenville has a variety of recreational activities for everyone to enjoy.  Think outside the Xbox for a change, and spend some meaningful, relaxing fun with your family!

 

  • Parks

  • Buster Brown Community Center

  • Bobby Henry Memorial Pool

  • Recreational Centers

  • Greenville Municipal Golf Course

  • Programs

  • Staff

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                          Parks

 

Grab a picnic basket, a blanket, and your family’s favorite outdoor toys and have some fun!

Basketball players enjoy Ward’s Recreation Center (Highway 1 S), one of three rec centers in Greenville.

Archer  Park – Percy Street next to the Boy’s & Girl’s Club – This park has playground equipment, a basketball court, and a small pavilion. .97 acres -In 1947 the Archer Estate donated .97 acres of land, to the Greenville School System for the purpose of constructing a school. The manager of the estate was former mayor of Greenville, Mr. George Archer. The land proved not to be large enough for school construction purposes, and was then donated to the City of Greenville for the purpose of a play area. The park area is located between Shelby, Percy, Hinds, and Johnson Streets. On June 29, 1948, the Kiwanis club dedicated a wading pool, but with the changing times, the Park Commission was not able to keep this pool supervised and the wading pool was later filled in. This area has playground equipment, basketball courts, and a pavilion.

Strange Park – Orlando Street – This park has playground equipment, and a basketball court. 3.34 acres – On January 30, 1943, Joseph E. Strange, a former president of the Park Commission, in memory of his deceased brother, John Quincy Strange, donated 3.34 acres to the City of Greenville to be used for a park and playground. This area has playground equipment and a basketball court.

Maude Bryan Park – 1240 South Theobald Street – This park has playground equipment, basketball court, pavilion, and a ball field. 4.063 acres – The property was conveyed to the City of Greenville to be used for park and playground area on July 31, 1952. This park was named for Miss. Maude Bryan, who for many years was a school teacher. This park was dedicated in 1953 by Lt. Governor Carroll Gartin. This area has playground equipment, basketball court, horseshoe and volleyball pits, pavilion, concession/restroom, and a ball field. The field is used by Greenville Dixie Youth West for the 7-8 and 9-10 year old leagues.

Leroy Barnes Park – Broadway Loop – This park has playground equipment, basketball court, and baseball field. On April 14, 1971 it was agreed that the City of Greenville swap 4.293 acres of land for 4.219 acres belonging to the school. On May 14, 1971 a motion was made by Mr. Sam Neyman, Jr. that the area now known as Leroy Barnes Park be constructed. A ball field and lights, playground equipment, and a basketball slab were built at a cost of $45,000.00 for this park. This park is named for Mr. Leroy Barnes in honor and appreciation for his working for over fifteen years with the Little League Baseball group. This area has a basketball court, playground equipment, and ball field. This field is used by the Greenville Dixie Youth West for the 11-12 year old league.

Bologna Tennis Courts – Causey Drive – This park has two tennis courts. These tennis courts were built in 1975 with revenue sharing money. They were resurfaced this past June with grant money from USTA, and matching funds from the City of Greenville. There are also two tee ball field located at this location that is used by Greenville Dixie Youth South.

Harty Park – Causey Drive – This park has playground equipment, half mile walking/jogging trail, two pavilions, volleyball and horseshoe pits, basketball court, and ball field. 13.2 acres – This Park located at Causey Drive and Fairview Street was purchased on July 21, 1910, by the City of Greenville from the Delta Fair Association, for $4,950.00. This property was purchased under the single covenant that the said tract of land would be “held maintained, and kept open by said City of Greenville for the purpose of a playground park.” The Park was named for Judge Harty, to show the city’s appreciation and recognition to a man who was a leader in the recreational activities of the City of Greenville. This park has playground equipment, pavilion, restrooms, half mile walking/jogging trail, volleyball and horseshoe pits, concession, and ball field. This field is used by Greenville Dixie Youth South for the 7-8 year old league.

Gray Park – 1126 Ed Gray Drive – This park has playground equipment and a ball field. 7.091 acres – On September 26, 1960, Quarto Sabbatni sold the area of land that is now E. M. Gray Park to the City of Greenville for $10,665.95. The park is named for E. M. Gray, a formed mayor of Greenville, and former member and first president of the Greenville Park Commission. This location has playground equipment, concession/restrooms, and a ball field. This field is used by Greenville Dixie Youth South for the 11-12 year old league.

Thomas Park – 305 Thomas Avenue – This park has playground equipment.  2 acres – In November 1948 the City of Greenville bought 2 acres of land to be used for park and playground purposes only. The park is name for Judge Emmett Thomas, former mayor of Greenville. This location has playground equipment.

Frisby Park – 1900 College Street – This park has playground equipment, volley ball pit, two regulation size basketball courts, and three ball fields. 20 acres – This property was originally purchased by the City of Greenville and given to Greenville Mills. In October 1968, Greenville Mills deeded back 20 acres of the land with the stipulation that the property be used for school and recreational purposes only. In November 1968, the Greenville Public Schools and the Park Commission swapped land, and the Park Commission received the 20 acres to construct a playground. In July 1969, this property was dedicated to one of Greenville’s well known doctors, Dr. Noble Frisby. This area has playground equipment, volley ball pit, three ball fields, concession stand, and restrooms. These fields are used by Greenville Dixie Youth North for the tee-ball and 7-8 year old leagues.

H. T. Crosby Park – Legion Drive – This park has basketball goal and playground equipment. On December 9, 1954, Henry T. Crosby donated to the City of Greenville the area of land which is now a park which bears his name. This location has playground equipment and a basketball goal.

Virden Park – Abide Drive – This park has playground equipment.  2.7 acres – On April 14, 1972, Mr. Michael Virden of Virden Homes donated this land to be used as a park site. At the time of this donation this property was located in the county and could not be developed by the City of Greenville. After being annexed in the City of Greenville, this park was developed in 1988-89. This location has playground equipment.

Hemphill/Moore Park – 999 Irene Street – This park has playground equipment, horseshoe pit, and a basketball court. On May 6, 1960 Mr. Henry T. Crosby, President of the Traders Post, Inc. sold all of lots one, two, and three of Block Seven of the Broadway Place Sub-division to the City of Greenville for ten dollars, to be used for playground and park purposes only. This location has a backstop, playground equipment, horseshoe pit, and basketball court.

Schelben Park – City Lake Front – This park is location on the lake front and has a stage for performances.  This is the location for concerts and the City of Greenville 4th of July Celebration. This Park was acquired by the Park Commission on January 16, 1970. The pavilion was added in July of 1997. This location has a stage area, swings, and benches.

H. B. Theobald Park – 421 Popular Street – This area is a green space. This Park on Nelson and Popular Streets had always been known as Cemetery Park. In December 1974 the Park Commission changed the name of this park to the H. B. Theobald Park in memory of this family who had given so much to the City of Greenville.

Cypress Lane Park – Cypress Lane next to fire station – This area is a green space.

Triangle Park – Corner of Hwy 82 & Main – This area is a green space.

 

24 acres – On August 12, 1960 Robert O. May, President of May’s Wholesale Dry Goods Company, sold approximately 24 acres of land to the City of Greenville for $25,000.00. The neighborhood gymnasium was built in 1968. This location has a gymnasium, playground equipment, basketball court, volleyball pit, concession/restroom, and two ball fields. The fields are used by Greenville Dixie Youth North for the 9-10 and 11-12 year old leagues.

 
 

Buster Brown Community Center

 

Buster Brown Community Center
400 E. Robertshaw Street
(662) 378-1670

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Buster Brown Community Center is home to the Greenville Park Commission and has a large room for rental activities. There is also kitchen for events such as family reunions, meetings, weddings, receptions, etc.

6.39 acres – This building was donated by the Greenville Country Club in November 1969. It is currently the office for the Park Commission. This building is rented out for events, such as weddings, receptions, family reunions, birthday parties, and meetings. It is also used as a voting precinct. There is a baseball field at this location that is used by Greenville Dixie Youth South for the 9-10 year old league.

Bobby Henry Memorial Pool

 

Bobby Henry Memorial Pool
Behind the Buster Brown Community Center
400 East Robertshaw Street

 

Pool is closed for the season.
Summer Hours of operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for 13 year-old and under – cost is $2.00
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 14 year-old and over – cost is $3.00


Wednesday:
Family Day from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and everyone swims for $1.00

This Olympic size swimming pool is a great place to beat the heat and get great exercise for the entire family.  Swimming lessons are offered each year with certified lifeguards teaching the classes.

This pool is located on the same property as the Buster Brown Community Center. It was named for one of Greenville’s native sons who was serving with the U. S. Army in the European Theater Operations during World War II, and was killed. Private Henry died from combat wounds suffered while single handedly charging a German machine gun bunker near Luchem, Germany, on December 03, 1944. This brave soldier from Greenville was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and our Nation’s highest military honor for gallantry – The Congressional Medal of Honor.

Our pool underwent major construction and design in the fall of 1989. The pool’s deep end was changed from 10’ to 5’ 6” and completely painted in 1986 and again in 1989.

Fun at the Robert T. Henry Memorial Pool

 

Recreational Centers

 

Get the family together for some great exercise on the basketball court!

Ward’s Recreation Center

This area has a recreation center with a regulation size basketball court, six tennis courts, playground area, volleyball pit, horseshoe pit, and seven ball fields.  Free play hours for the basketball court is 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for elementary and Jr. High School children and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for High School and adults.  Coach McGinnis offers a free basketball clinic on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – noon. The recreation center, tennis courts, and ball fields are available for rental for organized events.

20 acres – On January 24, 1969 the County deeded to the City of Greenville the area known as the Fairgrounds for the purpose of constructing a park. The park was named for Mr. Elwyn M. Ward, a man who worked diligently for the development and improvements of the park system. Mr. Ward retired in 1968 after serving for twenty years as the Director of the Greenville Park Commission. This location has a gymnasium, six tennis courts, five adult softball fields, three youth softball fields, two concession stands, and a playground area, horseshoe and volleyball pits.

Ervin “Speedy” Thomas, Manager

MONDAY                             CLOSED*
TUESDAY                             1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY                      9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                    2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
THURSDAY                          1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FRIDAY                                 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                    3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY                          10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Youth Fitness Class – Instructor – Ervin “Speedy” Thomas, Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Charlie Brown Daycare – Mrs. Green – 662-616-9357, Ms Shon’s Daycare – Vanessa Kirk – 662-931-5263 or Lashana Williams – 662-931-5230
Adult Fitness Class – Randall – 662-820-6575, Wednesday & Friday – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 

Round’s Recreation Center

This area has a recreation center with regulation size basketball courts, classroom area, playground equipment, small pavilion, volleyball pit, horseshoe pit, and ball fields.  The recreation center and ball fields are available for rental for organized events.

24 acres – On August 12, 1960 Robert O. May, President of May’s Wholesale Dry Goods Company, sold approximately 24 acres of land to the City of Greenville for $25,000.00. The neighborhood gymnasium was built in 1968. This location has a gymnasium, playground equipment, basketball court, volleyball pit, concession/restroom, and two ball fields. The fields are used by Greenville Dixie Youth North for the 9-10 and 11-12 year old leagues.

Joseph Johnson, Manager

MONDAY                             1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
TUESDAY                             1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY                      1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
THURSDAY                          CLOSED*
FRIDAY                                 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY                          10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Amy Covington Center

This area has a recreation center with regulation size basketball court, after school tutoring room operated by WISSCA, and playground area.  The recreation center is available for rental for organized events.

4 acres – The Amy Covington Playground and Gymnasium now stands of Hernando Street between Clay and Elm Streets, in the site that was once old Number Four School. The school was last used in 1948. The land was given to the City of Greenville in 1953, who in turn gave the property to the Greenville Park Commission and a playground and gymnasium were built. The park is named for Miss. Amy Covington, a school teacher, and was dedicated by Dr. White the first president of Itta Bena Vocational College, which is now known as Mississippi Valley State University. This area has a gymnasium, playground equipment, and pavilion. It is also used as a Weed and Seed site.

Johnny Harris, Manager

MONDAY                             1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
TUESDAY                             CLOSED*
WEDNESDAY                      1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
THURSDAY                          1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FRIDAY                                 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SATURDAY                          10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Delta Foundation – College Prep Program for middle school students – Danielle Brown – 662-931-3460, Begins October 10, 2012

 
 

Greenville Municipal Golf Course

Invitation to Bid Golf Carts

Greenville Municipal Golf Course
465 Base Golf Road
(next to the Greenville Mid- Delta Airport)
(662) 332-4079

Hours of Operation:
Summer: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Winter: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

A great place to go for the experienced and novice golfers alike.

This 18-hole golf course is a great asset for the Greenville Park Commission and the citizens of Washington County.   We have a pro shop with a variety of items for the golfer, cart rental, cart shed rental for private cart owners, annual passes or you can pay a daily green fee.  We have several tournaments every year, and the course is available for rent to anyone interested in hosting a tournament.

The Greenville Park Commission acquired the golf course on November 13, 1964. The golf course 1st nine holes were built by the U. S. Government in 1940 when they first opened the Air Base. They were improved again in 1950-51 when Pilot Training Command took over the Air Base. The second 9 holes were added in 1965 by the Greenville Park Commission. The new club house and irrigation system were installed in 1991 with City Bond Revenue monies.

Find out information about LEASING the Greenville Golf Course.

 

Programs

Little League Team

Pee-Wee and Elementary Flag Football Leagues – The Park Commission partners with our local schools to offer this program that runs from October through November.

 

Pee-Wee and Elementary  Basketball Leagues – The Park Commission partners with our local schools to offer this program that runs December through February.

Jr. High, High School, and Adult Basketball Leagues – The Park Commission offers these leagues December through February.

 

Baseball Leagues – USSSA and Dixie Youth Leagues utilize the Park Commission fields to operate these leagues March through July.

 

Tennis Camp – The Park Commission partners with the USTA to offer a six week tennis camp for the youth June through July.

 

Tennis Lessons – The Park Commission partners with Four Aces Tennis Club to offer free tennis lessons for youths every Saturday morning year round from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

 

Karate Lessons – Are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at Ward’s Recreation Center from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

College Prep Program for middle school students – Danielle Brown, Delta Foundation – 662-931-3460. Amy Covington Rec. Center. Begins October 10, 2012.

 

Youth Fitness Class – Instructor – Ervin “Speedy” Thomas, Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Ward’s Recreation Center.

 

Adult Fitness Class – Randall – (662) 820-6575, Wednesday & Friday – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Ward’s Recreation Center.

Staff

Corey A. Holmes                    Park Director

Chontina D. Jarmon                 Administrative Asst.

Rubie Atkins                           Porter

Erving “Speedy” Thomas           Ward’s Supervisor

Anthony Gray                         Ward’s Asst. Supervisor

Nathaniel Watkins                   Round’s Supervisor

Kevier Campbell                      Round’s Asst. Supervisor

Eugene Palmer                        Amy Covington Supervisor

William Nelson                       Shop Foreman

Kenneth Byars                         Shop Mechanic

Timothy Mosley                       Laborer

Lee Sipes                               Golf Course Manager

Jake Perry                               Pro Shop Clerk

Jessie Ware                            Laborer