Royal Avenue Recreation Center

Royal Avenue Recreation Center

420 N Royal Ave
Florence, AL 35630

Kevin Medley;; (256) 760-6426

Amy Edwards;; (256)760-6425

Swim Team Coach:
Chelsea Hughes
;;  (256) 760-6425

Royal Avenue Pools are closed for the year.

FAST Photos from State Swim Meet 2021!!!

FAST State swimmers 2021 picture 1

FAST State swimmers 2021 picture 2Lo Hammond 2 Gold winner 2021Madelyn Dawson Gold winner 2021Swim Coach Chelsea - assistants Patrick Burke, Issabella Thompson and Gold winners Madelyn Dawson and Lo Hammond 2021

Link for List of participants and awards

                                                             Lifeguard Certification Classes:

Please contact Jennifer at 256-246-9622  at the YMCA for more information.  Space is limited.        

You may also contact the Sheffield Recreation Center for certification class information


Parks and Recreation Department

Closings and Cancellation status

Current information

  • All Recreation centers' programs are at a 30 person maximum capacity for programs and rentals.  If a larger capacity is required please contact the Coliseum for your event at 256-760-6389.
  • All Youth and Adult Athletic programs to include soccer, baseball and softball.  All athletic fields will also be closed during this time.
  • Recreation Centers and programs to include Broadway Recreation Center, The Club “Senior Center,” Handy Recreation Center and Royal Ave Recreation Center.  Rentals may be re-scheduled at a later date.
  • Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum will be closed.  Rentals may be re-scheduled for a later date.
  • All Senior Citizen activities and dances are cancelled at the Club, however, The NACOLG lunch program will continue as follows:
    • Home Bound meals will continue
    • Participants that ride the bus will have their meals delivered to their homes
    • Meals will still be provided by pick up for those that normally drive themselves to the Club.  Sr.’s will need to notify the Club if they plan to pick up their meals.


Non-Closing facilities:

  • Blackberry Trail Golf Course will remain open.
  • Tennis Courts will remain open.
  • Parks and Shelters will remain open.
  • McFarland Campground will remain open.




Florence Alabama Swim Team

Registration for the Spring 2022 Session

 which is from January 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022 

Registration begins online

December 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021  

Ages 6-18


Register online @

Go to the Parks and Recreation webpage and click on the green register button twice.

If the child has never been on the swim team they must email the swim coach @ to schedule a swim test.


Summer 2022 session will be

May 1 - August 31, 2022 

Registration Fee  is $35.00  


Swimming Pool Contact:
(256) 760-6425

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Recreation Center rentals:
The center may be reserved for birthday parties, holiday gatherings, anniversary parties, weddings, etc. from the 1rst weekend after Labor Day weekend till the last weekend in April of each year.
Please call (256) 760-6425 to check for availability.  Reservations must be made at the Royal Avenue Recreation Center office.  Cash or Check only is accepted for payment.  The cost is $20.00 per hour with a 2 hour reservation minimum.  No reservations after 10 p.m.  
Sunday reservation hours must be 1-5 p.m. 
Monday evenings through Friday evenings if available 5-10 p.m. only.
Saturdays 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. if available.  No more than 8 hours at a time.

Swimming Pool Contact:
(256) 760-6425

Royal Avenue Pools are closed for the year.

$4.00 per person at Royal Avenue Pools. 
Maximum capacity will be 150 individuals at Royal Avenue Pools till further notice.

$4.00 per person cash only

Concessions:  Sold at Royal Avenue Pools only


Pool Parties:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only starting 1rst full week of June through July.

Rate:          Up to 75 people…… $200.00 (includes Recreation pool and kiddie pool)

                    Up to 76-100 people….. $220.00 (includes Recreation pool and kiddie pool)         

                    101-300 people… $275.00 (includes Competition pool, Recreation pool and kiddie pool)


Classes at Royal Avenue Recreation Center

Swimming - Various classes are offered for infants through adults. A registration fee is charged.  For more information please visit:
Or call 256-246-9622.
       Summer swimming lessons - register at the YMCA.  

– League play is available on various Park and Recreation Courts around the city. Free play is also available. For more information and to make a reservation for a tennis court please contact the Athletics office at 256-760-6628.  To report maintenance issues please call 256-760-6425 or 256-760-6416.

Clubs and Organizations that meet at Royal Avenue Recreation Center:

*Some programs are still not meeting due to CoVid concerns.  Please call for information on the group you are interested in.*
*Please call 256-760-6425 for updates.*

AARP – American Association of Retired Persons. Meets the third Thursday of each month for a covered dish lunch at Royal Ave. Recreation Center from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  *Still inactive at this time.*

Bridge – Competitive clubs play on Monday and Wednesdays from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.  For more information please contact Mr. Cale at

Bridge game.1 2-11-2019 - Copy

Florence Senior Citizen Center - Non-competitive play on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Music Group - The Music group meets every Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Royal Avenue Recreation Center to practice Gospel, Country and Bluegrass selections.  For more information call 256-760-6425. 

Quad-Cities Square Dance – Square dancers meet every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Royal Avenue Recreation Center. Open to singles and couples. Line dancing is also incorporated and fee classes offered during the “Introduction to Dance Night.” For more information call 256-760-6425.

Florence Alabama Swim Team -
Florence Alabama Swim Team is a competitive swim program for ages 6 – 18. The swim team is affiliated with USA Swimming and the Tennessee Valley Conference. For more information call 256-760-6425 or visit the FAST facebook page at:



Summer Job Information:



The Florence Parks and Recreation Department has both seasonal and part-time positions that maybe available throughout the year.  When you visit the Human Resources webpage on the City of Florence, AL website you will be able to see what positions are available to apply for.

Visit for open positions.

For assistance in applying online for open positions please call the HR office     @ 256-760-6360.  For all other information please call the Parks Central office      @ 256-760-6416.

Positions that may be available are as follows:

Royal Avenue – Lifeguards, pool maintenance, and pool attendants in season.

Handy Recreation Center – seasonal help.

The Club – seasonal help.

Sports Complex, Golf course and other areas – maintenance workers, grille workers, concession workers, and recreation assistants.

Positions usually start being posted online in February but may be posted year round depending on the needs of the City.