On that date, the city’s annual spring festival, ‘Spring Into Action’ will be held, in addition to an opening parade, 5K run/walk and multiple sport tournaments, at the Tom E. Morris Sports Complex.
The morning will begin with the start of the 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., hosted by the Hapeville Exchange Club. Registrants must pay $20, which includes race registration and a T-shirt.
Proceeds from the race will benefit homeless students within the city, and race participants are asked to bring a school supply or personal hygiene for a kindergarten through 12th grade student.
At 10:15 a.m., the community parade begins a portion of the day’s activities that Tod Nichols, recreation director for the city, oversees.
“I am the MC for the parade,” said Nichols. “I introduce our mayor and council. The mayor will give a few words to the group and then will pass it along to any of our council members who will also give a few words.”
The sports portion of the day begins at 10:30 a.m., with the doubles tennis tournament. Each team must pay a $20 registration fee.
In addition to the tennis tournament, children ages 3 to 14 can participate in playing baseball, softball and soccer.
The final component of the day, the actual festival portion, will start at 11 a.m.
Activities will include face painting, a moon bounce, live music and games. Admission is free for all residents.
Allie O’Brien, Main Street and marketing manager, said the day’s events will be enjoyable for residents of all ages, but especially in regards to the sports.
“It’s a great day to celebrate all of the coaches and kids who are participating in the sports,” she said. “We really tried to add a new focus with the tennis tournament this year.”
“We just revitalized our tennis courts last year,” he said. “We want to showcase those courts we have in the complex.”
The Tom E. Morris Sports Complex is at 3415 Claire Drive in Hapeville.