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Recreation/Leisure
Brandon recreation and leisure

November 27. 2014 1:55AM
The city has six municipal parks, each with a variety of leisure activity options. The city also maintains a tennis court area and a skateboard park, as well as a 146-acre, 18-hole golf course. For information on any of the city parks or programs, call 582-6515. A state park is located just south of the city. Brandon has other commercial leisure opportunities as well.

The city offers a Summer Recreation Program for children, which includes field trips, swimming lessons, tennis and golf camps, reading club, math and art instruction and other activities. On weekdays during the summer, children may come to the Brandon Elementary gym and playground for city-sponsored Summer Rec activities such as ping pong, games, painting and crafts. Registration for Summer Rec activities is usually held in mid-May.


City parks
Aspen Park, 55.5 acres, is the home of Brandonís municipal swimming pool. The outdoor, L-shaped pool has a maximum swimming depth of 4.5 feet, and the three-board diving area is 12 feet deep. There are two slides for children, and there is a wading pool, bath house, concessions and sunbathing area. The phone number is 582-7555. Aspen Park also is home to an eight-diamond softball and one-diamond baseball complex, which also includes a concession stand with modern restrooms. The park has two tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a playground, horseshoe pits and picnic shelters. It is the start of the cityís bicycle path, which goes from the park north on Nicholas Avenue, west on Aspen Boulevard, south on S. Sioux Boulevard, west on Park Street and into Big Sioux Recreation Area, out onto Parkview at Ponderosa Street, half a block south, then east to S. Sioux Boulevard. The path also extends north on N. Sioux Boulevard and east onto Redwood Boulevard.

McHardy Park, 74 acres, has a sledding hill, picnic shelters, large playgrounds, volleyball court, softball diamond, horseshoe pit and modern restrooms. Split Rock Creek runs through the park. A footbridge crosses the creek, and there is a 50-foot-long wheelchair-accessible fishing dock. On Aspen Boulevard, a 50-foot-tall observation tower overlooks the park, and the Brandon American Legionís veterans memorial is nearby. There is no cost to reserve the picnic shelters. For more information, call 582-6515.

Pioneer Park, 21 acres, is a two-level park near Split Rock Creek. It has a playground, basketball court, sledding hill, walking path, modern restroom, nine-hole disc golf course and four soccer fields.

Tallgrass Park is a neighborhood park with playground equipment.

Stone Ridge Park is under construction.

Bluffs Park plans are being developed. Construction has not yet begun.

The Skateboard Park is located on Holly Boulevard north of Brandon Valley High School. To use the park, a person must have a signed waiver and release form on file at City Hall and pay $10 for a season permit sticker. A day sticker is also available. During the winter, the city floods an area behind the skateboard park for use as an ice skating rink.

The Tennis Court Complex is located just west of Brandon Valley Middle School. There are four lighted tennis courts for public use. They are also used for practice and competition by the Brandon Valley tennis teams.

Brandon Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course that includes a banquet facility and the Fairway View Lounge in its clubhouse. The banquet facility, located on the upper level, is open year round, seats up to 300 people and has a catering kitchen. For information on reserving the facility, call 582-7123 or email kerrythill@yahoo.com. The lounge is on the lower level. It is open March 1 through Dec. 1 and serves a bar menu. To learn more about the Brandon Municipal Golf Course, call 582-7100, e-mail brandongolf@alliancecom.net or log on at www.brandongc.com.


State park
Big Sioux Recreation Area is a 430-acre state park on the south side of Brandon. It offers camping, cabins, archery, hiking, canoe launch ramp, nine-hole disc golf course, game/equipment/snowshoe check out, fishing (Iicense required), snowmobiling, cross country skiing, volleyball, GPS adventure trail and picnicking. The park has seven miles of trails. There is also an enclosed shelter and a playground. The cityís bicycle path goes in and through Big Sioux Rec, which is open year-round. A state park license is required for entrance. For more information, log on at www.sdgfp.info or call 582-7243.


Other facilities
Hidden Valley Golf Course is a privately-owned, par three, 18-hole course on Redwood Boulevard. It is open year-round, seven days a week, weather permitting. Call 582-2424 for more information.

Husetís Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt racing track just southwest of Brandon. Sprint cars, late model stock cars and hobby stocks race every Sunday evening from May through September. The track also hosts special events such as the World of Outlaws. For more information, call 582-3536 or 582-3819 or log on at www.husets-speedway.com.

Valley Lanes & Rec Center
Brandonís only bowling alley has 12 lanes, complete automatic scoring and bumpers on all lanes. Valley Lanes hosts menís, womenís and couples leagues and is the home of the Brandon Valley Lynx bowling team. Open bowling is available nightly. The Lanes has a restaurant area and a full-service lounge. For more information, call 582-7003.

The Country Fair Fun Company is a family arcade connected to The Pizza Ranch in the Brandon Plaza. Call 583-8004.



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