Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper (left) presents the proclamation to Enterprise Parks and Recreation Director Billy Powell.

Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper on Tuesday night proclaimed July as Parks and Recreation Month in the city.

According to the proclamation, Enterprise Parks and Recreation is a vital part of the city and “enriches life experiences” for all members of the community.

“(The department) provides an outlet for physical activities, positive socialization and stress reduction,” the proclamation reads. “Natural trails, open spaces, community aquatics and cultural centers make our city an attractive and desirable place to live, work, play and visit, which contributes to our economic vitality.”

Cooper presented the proclamation to Enterprise Parks and Recreation Director Billy Powell with “great honor for the best city in America.”

Powell thanked Cooper and the Enterprise City Council for continued support.

“July is one of our busiest times of the year, and we’re looking forward to the month,” Powell said. “We always continue to ask individuals to go out and enjoy our beautiful parks.”

The 2019 Dixie Youth Rookie State Tournament, hosted by Enterprise Parks and Recreation, will begin today with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. at Bates Memorial Stadium.

The tournament, featuring four divisions, will welcome 51 teams to the city.

In Dixie Youth A, Enterprise American will meet Clanton at Enterprise Rec Center field 3 at 2 p.m. on July 5, while Enterprise National will face Millbrook on field 4 at the same time. Enterprise American and Enterprise National will play again at 5 p.m. that day, on field 3 and 4.

On Saturday, July 6, Enterprise American will face Enterprise National at 9 p.m. on field 4.

In Dixie Youth AA, Enterprise Nationals are slated to play Decatur American on July 5 at 3:30 p.m. on field four at the Enterprise Rec Center fields. Enterprise American will begin play on Saturday at 9 a.m. on Rec Center field five.

In Dixie Youth AAA, Enterprise American meets Hartsell at Donaldson Park at 2 p.m. on July 5.

In Ozone Rookie, Enterprise meets Gordo at 2 p.m. on July 5 at 2 p.m. at the softball complex, field three.

According to Parks and Rec Assistant Director Blake Moore, the tournament should be a boost to the economy.

“They’re going to eat here, sleep here, shop here, get gas here,” Moore said. “It should be a big boost, and we’re excited for it.”

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