City Of Ruston

Parks & Recreation

The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department (RPAR) provides you with life-enriching recreational opportunities.  Parks and recreation is more than just fun and games!  It also includes providing you, the citizens of our area, with wholesome recreational and athletic opportunities that foster sportsmanship, teamwork, responsibility, and equality.

RPAR is under the leadership and direction of the Mayor and City Council and is guided by recommendations from a strong citizen Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.  The RPAR staff prides itself on providing you with exceptional customer service.  We continue to develop new partnerships to further enhance recreational opportunities throughout our community.  It is our goal and desire to provide you with the best array of local recreational opportunities possible, delivered in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. To learn more about RPAR, click here.

For more information about Pavillion and Park Reservations or Registration, Contact RPAR Supervisor, Amanda Lonadier at



Adult & Youth League

“Time to hit the hardwood!”
  • AGES: 5 to 14
  • WHERE: Louisiana Tech Lambright Center
  • PLAY: Monday- Friday, June 7th-July 16th
  • COST: $55.00 for Ruston resident, $65.00 for non-Ruston residents
  • Fees will include a team T-shirt
– ADULT CO-ED SOFTBALL (Recreation Church League)
“We’re bringing back an old favorite!”
  • AGES: 16 and Up
  • WHERE: Ruston Sports Complex, Baseball Fields
  • REGISTRATION: April 5th – May 14th (see the website, online only) NO LATE REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED
  • PLAY: Tuesday evenings, June 1st -July 14th
  • COST: $300.00 per team
  • All teams must provide their team jerseys with numbers on the back.
Ruston Sports Complex / RPAR


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Adult & Youth Activities

– Tennis Lessons
Hope Johnston is our new tennis instructor and is offering private lessons at the Ruston Sports Complex!
  • AGES: all ages!
  • WHERE: Ruston Sports Complex, Tennis Courts
  • REGISTRATION: Please contact Hope Johnston (318) 884-3106 or
  • COST: Private $45/hour, Pairs $25/hour, Group (contact for pricing)
– Youth Soccer Camp
Come run, kick, and play with us!
  • AGES: 4 to 16-year olds
  • WHERE: Ruston Sports Complex, Soccer Fields
  • REGISTRATION: April 5th – June 4th (Registration in office only) NO LATE REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED
  • CAMP WEEK: Monday, June 21, 2021, to Friday, June 25, 2021
  • COST: $75.00 for Ruston residents, $85.00 for non-Ruston residents for ages 4 to 7
  • COST: $125.00 for Ruston residents, $135.00 for non-Ruston residents for ages 8 to 16
  • Fees will include a team t-shirt and a soccer ball.
  • Times will be 8:30 am to 10:00 am ages 4 to 7
  • Times will be 8:30 am to 11:30 am ages 8 to 16
  • For more info please call Joe Aulds at 318-278-0092
– Adult Tap Dance
  • Dancing is the most effective exercise for the brain. It helps counteract the decline in mental and physical capacity due to aging. Dancing leads to noticeable behavioral changes and also improves balance. These improvements are attributed to the extra challenge of learning dance routines, choreography, cues, lyrics, and melody.
    Everyone would like to live an independent and healthy life for as long as possible. Dancing is a powerful tool to set new challenges for the body and mind.
  • If you are interested in this program, please contact Patsy Hinton at (318) 251-1436.
  • The non-profit American Karate-Do Shotokai (AKDS) is a unique, traditional Japanese, non-competition martial art that provides practical self-defense training for those who cannot normally afford to participate.
  • Our motto is “Discipline, Integrity, Respect”. Certified instructors and students from Louisiana Tech Shotokai Karate Club donate their time and expertise to teach these skills. No experience is necessary to join. Youth who attend Louisiana Tech after high school are automatically admitted into the University Club.
  • Classes for youth ages 8 to 15 years old (adults by invitation) are held every Tuesday from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Classes for adults are from 5:30 to 6:30 on Tuesday, ages 16 and up. Rates are $1 per session, per person, and a $10 monthly membership qualifies participants for free belt grading and discounts on uniforms and equipment.
  • Learn more at or contact the instructor Robert Anderson, a Green Belt at
– Cheer Camp
“Come learn some fun chants, cheers as well as dances, jumps, motions, and tumbling with us.”
  • AGE: K- 6th grades
  • WHERE: Ruston Parks and Recreation Program Building
  • REGISTRATION: April 5th- May 28th (In office only) CAMP WEEK: June 7th-10th
  • TIME: 9 am to 12 pm
  • COST: $75.00 plus a $15.00 registration fee.
  • The cost includes a T-Shirt, snacks and water bottle
  • We will have a small showcase on the last day of camp. ( time TBD)
  • The days will be themed for fun each day. * For more info please email
  • Buster Cotten’s Karate offers classes teaching the style of Jordan Korean Karate / Tae Kwan Do. This style of martial arts has been taught in the Ruston community for nearly 40 years and is a year-round program that teaches students of all ages the merits of loyalty, ability, and integrity through a curriculum teaching fundamental arm and leg techniques for practical self-defense. Buster Cotten’s Karate also provides opportunities for its students to participate in local, state, and national level competitive events.
  • This traditional Korean Karate program was founded by Dr. David Jordan, a 10th-degree black belt. All classes are instructed by Buster Cotten, a 7th-degree black belt and five-time National Instructor of the Year with the United States Karate Alliance. Free trial lessons are available for new students.
  • Three separate classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays between 5:30 and 8:30 pm for youth and adults. For more information, please contact Buster Cotten at (318) 259-5000 or email him at

For more information on any of these programs, call our office at 318-255-5800 or email us at  Program registration can be done either in the RPAR office at 2505 S Vienna St. or online at