Events & Programs
Manchester Recreation Complex Closed
The recreation complex is closed for annual maintenance from Monday, September 17 – Saturday, September 22. The recreation complex will reopen on Sunday, September 23 at 10:00 am. The front desk will be open from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm during the week of September 17 - 22, to process registrations for activities, facility rentals, and etc.
Pooch Parade 2018
Bites of Europe Restaurant and the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up for a dog gone good time! We are hosting a Pooch Parade on Saturday, September 29, at 9:00 am. The parade will start in Dave King Park at Shelter #5 (the shelter by the paved parking lot) and end at the site for the new and upcoming dog park in Manchester Sports Park. Prizes will be given to the best-dressed small, medium, and large size dogs. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Owners must clean up accidents. At the end of the parade, there will be refreshments served for humans. Donations for the Manchester Dog Park are being accepted. For additional information, contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at (931) 728-0273.
Children's After School Program
The Manchester Parks and Recreation Department offers a Children’s After-school Program (C.A.P.) that operates Monday through Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm through the school year. C.A.P. children will get to use the Recreation Complex and indoor pool, play outside, have a healthy snack daily, and special activities. The department transports children from City Schools to the recreation complex with via bus. This is not a drop in program, children must be registered per week and the cost is $35.00 per week regardless of how many days you attend that week. Children who do not attend Manchester City Schools are welcome to participate but must provide their own transportation to the recreation complex. For more information, call us at 728-0273.
Dusty Elam Basketball League Sign-ups
It is that time of year again! It is time for the Dusty Elam Memorial Youth Basketball program. Sign-ups for the program will start on September 4 and will end on October 9. The cost to participate in the program is $55.00 per child; financial aid is available for those that qualify. Recreation Complex members receive a 10% discount on registration. The basketball program is open to boys and girls in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. The first game will be Saturday, November 10. For additional information, please contact Jeff Houck at (931) 728-0273 or at
Amazing Family Nights
Looking for an opportunity to spend time with your family in a fun and healthy atmosphere? Come to our Amazing Family Nights at the Manchester Recreation Complex. We open the Recreation Complex for free to families from 7:00pm-9:00pm on one Friday night a month. At Amazing Family Night you can learn about improving your health, get your health screened, eat some tasty snacks, swim, use the Youth Wellness room with the indoor playground, walk the indoor track, and play games in the gym. All children must be with an adult to attend.
Upcoming Amazing Family Nights
October 19, 2018
November 16, 2018
Join the Teen Council of the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department. This group is for teens in the 9th - 12th grade who want to make a difference in their community. It is a leadership building group that brings teens from diverse backgrounds and interests together to help the Recreation Department put together teen programs and activities. They also assist the Recreation Department in some of our programs.
Call Michelle Cantrell or Jeff Houck at 728-0273 or come by the Recreation Department if you are interested!
Adult and Master Swim Classes
The Adult Master Swim program is for anyone 18 or older who wants to improve their swimming techniques, learn the correct strokes, build swimming endurance, and just hang out with fellow swimmers. The instructors work with all abilities.
Fee: $5.00 per class
Equipment: Goggles are recommended and participants are recommended to purchase swim fins, caps, and swim paddles.
Class Time: Monday/Wednesday at 5:00 pm(for beginners) and 6:00 pm(for advanced swimmers).
Mud, Sweat, and Gears Bike club
Mud, Sweat, and Gears Bike Club is a free bike program held every Tuesday and Thursday at the Manchester Recreation Center from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. The program is for 5th grade and middle school age students. For more information, please contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at (931)728-0273.
Manchester School of Dance
If your child is looking for a fun activity or to learn serious dance techniques, then Manchester School of Dance is where they need to be! Manchester School of Dance offers a complete program for young dancers through high school age students. We offer a fun and learning experience of creativity. The dance year is a ten month program, running August through May. Classes offered are Mommy and Me (Ages 12 months – 2 years old), Beginning Combo (Ages 3 – 5 years old), Level 2 & 3 Combo (Ages 6 – 17 years old), and Jazz Class (Ages 5 – 17 years old). For additional information, please contact Kalinda Clippard at