Vestavia Hills is fortunate to have strong community support for its parks and recreation programming. The Parks and Recreation Board, which is appointed by resolution of the City Council, provides governance including policies and planning for Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation. The Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Foundation (VHPRF) partners with the Board and with the City to raise support for parks and recreational facilities and programs.
The Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of every odd numbered month, 7am at City Hall (1032 Montgomery Hwy).
Vacancies – At the last scheduled October meeting of the Vestavia Hills City Council, an announcement is made of an upcoming vacancy on the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Board whereby the Council will begin to accept applications for said vacancy. At that time, information along with applications may be obtained by clicking the following link: Public Notices.
IMPORTANT PARK BOARD NOTICES
PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD MEETING NOTICE
A special meeting of the Park Board will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 12:30 PM in the executive conference room at City Hall.
Executive session to discuss sale and/or purchase of property
Parks and Recreation Meeting
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6 PM
A special meeting of the Park Board was called to address questions and concerns raised regarding the following:
-Allocation of the City’s sports fields among various youth sports programs
-Resident vs. non resident participation**
-Let’s Play Vestavia
Information regarding the above areas was shared and ample time for questions was provided throughout the presentation. The goal of the Park Board was to provide information and clarity to the issues raised as well as foster a spirit of understanding and open communication between our youth sports boards.
As promised, the full presentation deck has been made available as well as an overview of the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club which was also referenced at the meeting.
** Please note that while the deck quotes the Alabama High School Athletic Association “50%” rule, it does not contain a slide explaining the relationship between that rule and non-resident use of fields/facilities, so further explanation is required. At the meeting, it was explained that the application of the AHSAA 50% rule requires participation by non-residents in the City’s off-season sports programs so that VHHS athletes may also participate in the City’s programs. For example, no more than 5 VHHS baseball players may participate on an off season baseball team. Assuming a ten person team, if 100 VHHS baseball players chose to participate in a City off-season baseball program, 100 non-residents would be required to comply with the AHSAA 50% rule. With soccer, at the high school age, approximately 18 players are required for off-season teams. The AHSAA rule only allows 6 of those players to be from the VHHS Soccer Teams. Thus, for 100 VHHS soccer players to participate in the City’s Soccer Program, 200 non-residents are required in order to comply with the AHSAA 50% rule.
Without participation by non-residents, a large number of Vestavia Hills High School players would be precluded from participating in City programs in order to comply with the Alabama High School Athletic Association 50% rule.
On July 7, 2016, the Park Board approved a capital request in the amount of $170,000 for improvements/ maintenance items at our Parks. While long term planning continues with the Wald Park planning committee, these immediate improvements are necessary to address issues relating to safety, field drainage and shade structures to name a few. This proposal will be on the City Council agenda as a first read item on July 11, 2016 at 5 PM.