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The Recreation and Parks Department administers an incredibly wide variety of programs. For senior adults, Recreation and Parks offers everything from low-impact choreorobics and yoga to bridge and ballroom dancing. Our athletic programs are second to none. We proudly offer empowering athletic programs like HOOPS and TOPSoccer for children with mental or physical disabilities.

Adult Programs

Adult Softball League

Adult softball games are played from April through June and September through November at Freedom Ridge Park using Amateur Softball Association rules and sanctioning.

Dog Obedience

Dog obedience classes are instructed by the Jackson Obedience Training Club over nine weeks, teaching pet owners basic obedience commands. Ridgeland hosts the classes at the Ridgeland Recreational Center located at Old Trace Park.

Youth Programs

Youth Soccer

Ridgeland Recreation & Parks offers youth soccer programs in conjunction with the South Madison County Soccer Organization, a non-profit organization providing youth soccer under the guidance of the Mississippi Youth Soccer Organization. Fall and Spring sessions are offered. For more information, visit SMCSO online at

Youth Baseball, Softball, and Basketball

Ridgeland Recreation & Parks offers youth baseball, softball and basketball programs in conjunction with the Madison-Ridgeland Youth Club. For more information, visit MRYC online at

Father-Child Fishing Tournament

The Father-Child Fishing Tournament is held at Old Trace Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir to celebrate Father’s Day.

Flag Football

Hosted by Ridgeland during the months of September, October and November, Flag Football builds teamwork skills and teaches the basic fundamentals of football.

NFL Punt, Pass and Kick

This program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program.

Special Needs Programs


HOOPS Basketball is a program designed for special needs children. Games are held in January and February utilizing volunteer coaches and assistants.


This soccer program is offered to children ages 5 and up who are mentally and/or physically challenged. Registration occurs in the summer.

TOPSoccer Jamboree

TOPSoccer Jambore is designed for boys and girls ages 5-18 with special needs. This event provides a day of fun while teaching basic soccer skills.

Challenger League Baseball

Challenger League is a baseball/softball program adapted for physically/mentally challenged youth.

Senior Adult Programs

Senior Adult Exercise and Fitness for Everyone Classes

Certified instructors lead participants through a series of cardiovascular and strength training exercises specifically designed to improve flexibility and health in senior adults.


Participants learn gentle stretching exercises for their whole body that will help keep them flexible enough to perform daily activities easily.

Tai Chi

Tai-Chi has become an increasingly popular form of physical exercise around the world as a basic exercise program and as a complement to health care methods.

Balance & Fall-Proof Class

This is a program that progresses thru a series of balance training exercises- using slow and controlled movements. This class is designed to help participants regain their balance and independence.

Painting Pals

Painting and drawing classes overlooking the beautiful Ross Barnett Reservoir.


Senior adults enjoy three hours of Bride play on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Country Line Dancing

Senior adults learn a wide variety of country line dancing steps while exercising in a fun way.

Garden Club

A monthly meeting for those who love nature and gardening. Educational and lively programs as well as a nice lunch is served.

Thread, Yarn, Crochet, and Coffee

Senior adults meet twice monthly to learn how to crochet and work on their own projects.

Men’s Bible Study

Male participants meet weekly for an in-depth study of God’s word.

Men’s Agape Coffee

Men gather for coffee and fellowship each Wednesday morning.

Ladies’ Bible Study

Participants learn to apply the Biblical truth to their everyday lives, using study guides to outline various topics.

Senior Adult Parties

Social gatherings are held quarterly, featuring live entertainment and refreshments.

Senior Adult Trips

One-day and overnight trips are organized for senior adults to experience broadway plays, museums, historical sites, fine dining and much more.

Senior Adult Workshops

A variety of workshops are offered throughout the year, including bridge lessons, self-defense and technology.

AARP Safety Driving Program

This safe-driving course helps senior adults qualify for a discount on automobile insurance.

Senior Adult Valentine Banquet

Cupid will be aiming for your heart, and our program will be aiming for your funny bone at the Senior Adult Valentine Banquet. Delicious food, flowers and music, friends and fun await you. Our banquet is a big draw for seniors across the metro area. Ridgeland Recreation and Parks offers this special event every year on the Monday before Valentine’s Day. Call the office for details.

Mayor’s Fun Walk

A favorite event of local senior adults, the Mayor’s Fun Walk, includes a walk with the Mayor on the Ridgeland Multiuse Trail, health information, demonstrations and entertainment. This event is held in October.

Turkey Feast

Senior Adults enjoy an afternoon of good food, fellowship and Thanksgiving during this annual event.