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Welcome spring with ballgames, bounce houses Friday
15th annual Swing into Spring at Mill Creek Park
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In this Statesboro Herald file photo from 2011, The T-ball Reds coach Tim Durden helps get Essence Jones into position while Ella Claire Jackson, left, readies herself for the next batter during the Statesboro-Bulloch Parks & Recreation Department's Swing into Spring event at Mill Creek Regional Park. The 2016 event is Friday.

The Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department will host the 15th annual “Swing into Spring” celebration from 5–9 p.m. Friday at Mill Creek Regional Park.

This event is free to the public and is the official opening of the baseball, softball and soccer seasons. Entertainment including music, interactive games, and bounce houses will be organized throughout the park. The traditional first pitch of the season will be held during the celebration.

Swing into Spring has been a long-standing tradition at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department to kick off the beginning of baseball, softball and soccer season with a parade of more than 1,000 players, 100 teams. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with inflatable games, and other attractions taking place at Field 2. Exhibition games between recreation teams will begin at 5:30 p.m. The parade of players will begin at 8 p.m.

The celebration has become a hit with the public. With such a large crowd expected to be in attendance, local and highway safety officials have instituted the following traffic plan: at 6:20 p.m., the back entrance to the park will be opened for exiting only. Traffic exiting the main park entrance will be directed left onto highway 24 and will go straight to the bypass for access to highways 80 and 301. Traffic exiting at the Recycling Center will be sent right to Zettwell Road and continue to Hwy 80.

 Traffic using the back exit of Mill Creek will turn right onto Brannen street and then left onto Beasley road toward highway 80. Once all cars have exited from Mill Creek Regional Park traffic from Mill Creek Elementary will be directed right onto Beasley Road to Highway 80. Traffic exiting from Bible Baptist, Trinity Church, and Barnes Lumber will be directed right onto Highway 24 to the by-pass for access to Highways 80 and 301. Exiting preference will be given to people parked in designated areas within Mill Creek Regional Park.

Sponsors for the event include Coca-Cola, Northland Cable, Rotary Club of Statesboro and  Statesboro Golf Carts. For more information and a full schedule of events call (912) 764-5637 or visit www.bullochrec.com

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