By MAGGIE MENDERSKI Herald-Whig Staff Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- As temperatures chill Hannibal Parks and Recreation provides space to keep residents active even in bad weather.
The Admiral Coontz Recreation Center at 301 Warren Barrett in Hannibal invites residents to use the facility just as they'd use an outdoor park. Mary Lynne Richards, assistant supervisor for promotion and planning, said the facility is open year-round but sees a surge of participation and activities in the winter from families looking to for a place to play in freezing temperatures.
"We have all these beautiful parks and we have all these playgrounds, but we're so glad that we can offer things for people to do indoors," Richards said.
The facility is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Hannibal Parks and Recreation always has an attendant on staff during the center's operational hours. The space was built in 1939 as a work progress administration project. Hannibal Parks and Recreations renovated the space in 2012.
The center hosts an indoor wiffle ball league on Tuesdays and an indoor washers league on Mondays. While those events require registration, each Wednesday the department invites residents to bring their own bow and arrow and participate in indoor archery. Richards said archers have the opportunity to shoot at about 20 different targets such as polar bears, turkeys and foxes.
Beyond scheduled activities the center offers a variety of games and puzzles. Richards said its not uncommon for residents to use the space for a basketball game, washers or even as a walking track. The facility houses two full-size all-purpose basketball courts, one tennis court, three volleyball courts and two shuffleboard courts.
"We just want to make sure that everyone knows it's for everyone," Richards said. "When you have children and there's nothing to do or it's a cold day we have several things to do down there."