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Sports complex highlights Ellis Co. recreation

Ellis County offers several public recreation opportunities for residents to stay active throughout the year.

* Hays Recreation Center, 1105 Canterbury, offers a variety of recreational, wellness, aquatics, leisure and sports activities for all ages. For more information, or to view a full calendar of events, visit www.haysrec.org.

* Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex, 1376 Old U.S. Highway 40. It opened for play in fall 2011. The facility features eight softball/baseball fields and eight soccer/football fields, in addition to concession facilities and shaded bleachers. The sports complex will be used to host large tournaments and HRC league games.

* Hays Aquatic Park, Fourth and Main, typically is open from Memorial Day weekend to mid-August. The park features two large water slides, a lazy river, a leisure pool, a lap pool, and a zero-depth entry area with children's activities. There also is a concession area, an upper deck sun-bathing area and shaded lounging stations. Admission cost is $3 for swimmers above the age of 3. Season passes are available through the Hays Recreation Center, which also offers swimming lessons and water aerobics. Pool hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting.

* Wilson Playground and Pool, 28th and Fort, typically is open from early June to mid-August. Admission cost is $2 for swimmers above the age of 3. Season pool passes also are accepted.

* HRC Fitness Center, 1105 Canterbury, is a 3,600-square-foot facility offering a variety of strength and cardiovascular equipment. Staff is available to provide assistance. Annual memberships are available through the HRC. Hours are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

* Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course, 1450 Golf Course Road, features 18 holes, irrigated fairways, rental carts and equipment, golf club repair, pro-shop and concession facilities. Annual memberships are available. For more information, contact the pro shop at (785) 625-9949.

* Ellis Golf Club, 1301 Spruce, Ellis, is a nine-hole public golf course also featuring a full kitchen and bar. Annual memberships are available. For more information, call (785) 726-4711.

Ball parks

* Larks Park, Fourth & Oak

* Speier Ballfields, 10th & Vine

* Dusty Glassman Ball Park, South end of Milner Street

* Frank Stramel Softball Fields, Old U.S. Highway 40 & Chetolah Creek

* Pratt/Optimist Soccer Field & Treat Playground, Fifth & Pine

Parks and playgrounds

* Aubel-Bickle Park, 30th & Sherman

* Daniel G. Rupp Memorial Park, 33rd & Skyline

* Ekey Park, 19th & Holmes

* Elizabeth Polly Park, 26th & Indian Trail

* Frontier Parks -- East, North, West, U.S. Highway 183 Alternate & Main Street

* Hickok Park, 26th & Donald

* Kiwanis Park, 17th & Harvest

* Massey Playground, 17th & Allen

* Municipal Park, Fourth & Main

* Rolling Hills Park, 41st & Autumn

* Seven Hills Park, 33rd & Hillcrest

* Sunrise Park, 19th & MacArthur

* Union Pacific Park, 10th & Main

* Whisnant Park, Willow & Skyline