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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What forms of payment does M.C.R.D. accept?
We currently accept cash and checks.  We are able to accept debit or credit cards when online registration is open.

What is your refund policy for athletic programs?
No refund will be issued after coaches receive rosters unless the participant has a documented medical excuse. 

Does M.C.R.D. offer participant scholarships?
We are committed to serving people regardless of their ability to pay.  However, with our own limited resources, we expect all participants to share a portion of the program fees based on their ability.  Parents who are unable to pay the full youth athletic registration fee may ask to fill out an assistance request form to determine their eligibility for a fee reduction.  Qualified applicants will receive a fee reduction based on monthly household income and number of people living in the household.  Applicants may be asked to provide a copy of their last federal tax return, and no participant may pay less than $10.  Fees for camps and programs (tennis lessons, fitness classes, etc.) are not eligible for reductions.  

How do I reserve a picnic pavilion and what is the cost?
Rental fees for the Main Pavilion is $30 for the first 2 hours, then an additional $5 per hour with a maximum fee of $75.  All other pavilions are $20 for the first 2 hours, then an additional $5 per hour with a maximum fee of $75. The rental fee is required at the time the reservation is made. Reservations may be made in person Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm at the Sammy Haggard Park Office.  Reservations are not required but are HIGHLY recommended, especially during peak seasons.  Patrons who have made a reservation through M.C.R.D. receive priority usage over patrons who have not made a reservation. 

What is your tobacco/smoking policy?
The Madison County Board of Commissioners recently voted to make all facilities that are under the jurisdiction of the Madison County Recreation Department completely tobacco and smoke-free -- including all cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes for all park areas including the parking lots, which were previously exempt.  Park and facilities where this new policy is in effect are Sammy Haggard Park, Brewer Phillips Sports Complex, Diamond Hill Softball Park, and Mize Park.  Signs are posted at all entrances and gates stating the new policy.

What is the distance of the walking track at Sammy Haggard Park?
Approximately 1/4 mile.

 Why do I no longer receive a quarterly brochure by mail?
In an effort to reduce postage costs, M.C.R.D. no longer mails our quarterly program brochure.  The current brochure may be accessed from the home page of our website.  We also send printed copies of the brochure to all five Madison County elementary schools and various other county locations for distribution.

How do I find out what activities M.C.R.D. offers?
Our website is the best source of information.  Upcoming activities are posted on our homepage.  Information about other activities may be accessed using the tabs located at the top of the screen.  We also submit regular public service announcements to the Madison County Journal, and we keep the marquee sign at Sammy Haggard Park updated with upcoming activities.  You may also contact us by phone (706-795-6270) or email  ( at any time.   

Are pets allowed on park premises?
Currently, M.C.R.D. does not allow pets due to safety and sanitation concerns. However, service animals welcomed at all facilities.  Please understand that you may be asked to provide registration information for your service animal.