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Thursday, June 6, 2013

For the Sports Enthusiast • Clearwater Family Youth Center

• Flemingo Putt Putt

The Clearwater Family Youth Center is located in Piedmont Area Park near Clearwater High School. It has become a popular place for people of all ages. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon for walkers and for people wanting to use the weight and fitness room.

Flemingo Putt Putt is located in Wappapello. The miniature golf course is located at 8818 Highway T across the road from Fisherman’s Net Restaurant.

• Piedmont Canyon Club

The Piedmont Canyon Club is a nine-hole golf course on Canyon Road near Piedmont. This medium-length layout has three sets of tee boxes for a fun, but challenging golfing experience. A swimming pool is a popular spot during the dog days of summer. A club house and a pro shop are also located at Piedmont Canyon Club.

• Piedmont Batting Cages Piedmont Batting Cages are located in Piedmont Area Park adjacent to the Clearwater Family Youth Center. The cages have been open for about 14 months. There are four cages. Each cage has two machines and is capable of pitching baseballs and softballs. Speeds can be varied. The baseball machines can pitch at speeds for little league up to high school level. The softball machines can pitch slow pitch and fast pitch. The pitching machines are currently open weekdays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to around 4 or 5 p.m. They are also open when there are games and practices. Hours will be extended this summer.

• Lake Road Water Slide Lake Road Water Slide is located on Highway HH just west of Piedmont. Riders sit on a mat and slide through tubes until they splash down in the pool at the bottom.

• McKenzie Creek Greenway The McKenzie Creek Greenway is located in the heart of Piedmont. The park system includes a ball field, pavilions, walking trail, playground equipment, and flower gardens. The walking trail, which is eight-tenths of a mile long, winds its way through the greenway. There are parking lots to access the walking trail on Ash Street and just off Park Street.

• LEERJAK Off-Road Ranch LEERJAK Off-Road Ranch is located just off Highway 143, about one mile north of Sam A. Baker State Park near Patterson. The facility, which opened in 2009, is a 2,000-acre ATV riding park and a peaceful camping getaway destination.

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