SMITHVILLE — Those living in Smithville will find an array of free activities in parks throughout the city in July in recognition of National Parks and Recreation Month.
For the events, the city partnered with Smithville's Mid-Continent Library branch and Indigo Vibe, a fitness boutique, said Recreation and Marketing Manager Matthew Denton said.
Reading in the Park will occur at 10 a.m. every Monday. Snacks are distributed at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and yoga is offered at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Each week, activities will relocate to a different sponsor park. Sponsor parks for these events are printed in the Courier-Tribune calendar of events each week on Thursdays.
Denton said Smith's Fork Park, 1601 Missouri Highway DD, will host three different tournaments throughout the month. First is a three-on-three basketball tournament at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9. Remaining tournaments will also start at 10 a.m. A tennis and pickleball tournament will be Tuesday, July 16; and a cornhole tournament is Tuesday, July 23.
Additionally, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, there will be art in Smith's Fork Park. Since the event is limited to 20 participants, those wanting to attend must reserve a spot by visiting teamsideline.com/smithvillemo.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Heritage Park, located off Main Street in downtown, will feature an obstacle course from sponsor Shoot for the Stars gynmasium.
At 5 p.m. in Courtyard Park,located off Main and Bridge streets, a bike safety course will be available.
To end the month with something cool, guests are invited at 10 a.m. July 31, to Heritage Park for an ice cream social. Ice cream will distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information, check out the city's parks and recreation page on Facebook @smithvilleparksandrec.