Alabaster gaming and rocking with teens throughout July

Published 10:22 pm Thursday, July 1, 2010

July will bring a plethora of recreational offerings for children, teens and adults, as Alabaster celebrates the city’s Park and Recreation Month.

Much of the month’s recreational offerings will be focused on teens, Alabaster Mayor David Frings and Parks and Recreation Department Director Ricky Nance said during a July 1 City Council meeting.

During the meeting, Frings explained Alabaster’s first teen-based recreation program, which the city will host every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Veterans Park.

On each “Teens and Tweens Tuesday,” Games2U Entertainment will bring its mobile video game theater, outdoor laser tag, giant inflatable “hamster balls” and more to the park.

Each Tuesday, Games2U will hold a Guitar Hero tournament, and the top two players each week will move onto a final tournament during the Summer Teen Festival at Veterans Park July 31 from 1-9 p.m.

“July 31 will be a first-time event for the city,” Frings said, noting he and Nance planned the teen events after talking to students at local schools a few months ago.

“The Summer Teen Festival will feature a lot of local bands,” Frings added. “I think that group of (teen) citizens will enjoy it very much.”

In addition to the Tuesday events and the Teen Festival, the city will also host Teen Night at Movies in the Park at Veterans Park beginning at 6 p.m. Teen Night at the Movies will feature the local band “Infinite Youth.”

Other July events include Movies in the Park on July 9 and 23, a Thompson High School football camp for youth from July 23-24 and the University of Montevallo Youth Soccer Camp from July 12-16 at Municipal Park.

For a complete list of Parks and Recreation events planned this month, visit and click on the “Parks and Recreation” link on the left side of the site.

In other business, the council set a show cause hearing during the Aug. 19 council meeting at the Courthouse Annex.

During the hearing, the city will hear from the developer and residents of the Mountain Lake subdivision, and will decide if it will seek legal action against the developer in order to bring the neighborhood’s roads up to city standards.