Batesville Parks and Recreation Department is now offering Virtual & Live Fitness Classes at the Batesville Community & Aquatics Park

The Batesville Parks and Recreation Department is now offering Fitness on Demand: simple-to-use,
video-based fitness classes. The service is free to members, $5 per visit for guests of the
Batesville Community Center & Aquatics Park.

Fitness on Demand allows patrons to participate from a variety of classes, including yoga, pilates
and kickboxing, scheduled in the Community Center’s group fitness room when convenient for
them. Patrons can work out individually or with friends in an environment less intimidating and
more comfortable than a live class, on a schedule convenient to them. When classes are not
scheduled, patrons have the opportunity to select their own class out of 250+ classes in the
Fitness on Demand library.

Fitness on Demand allows us to expand our class offerings and make better use of the space here
at the Batesville Community Center & Aquatics Park. Fitness on Demand offers classes for all
ages and levels, with new classes added monthly. The department hopes to add equipment and
further expand class offerings. Fitness on Demand is available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. when other
classes are not being offered.

For those interested in traditional live instructed classes, please visit
for more information. There are live instructed Zumba, Zumba STRONG, PIYO, Yoga, and
Water Aerobics classes available now, fees vary from free to a monthly registration.

Contact: Brandon Shrader, Recreation Superintendent | | (870) 698-2427 web site for pertinent info.

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.