In Northeast Louisiana, residents have a variety of opportunities to maintain an active lifestyle, compliments of the Monroe parks and recreation systems. Nationally recognized biking trails await in Lincoln Parish Park, offering a challenging, 10-mile course for avid cyclists. Basketball and tennis courts are located across the region, and there are more than 10 challenging and award-winning golf courses within the area. Facilities such as Bayou DeSiard Country Club, Squire Creek Country Club and Black Bear Golf Club provide residents with a number of amenities. In 2014, Golfweek magazine named Black Bear as Louisiana’s No. 1 Public Golf Course.
Monroe, West Monroe and Ruston all have individual park management departments. Each of the Monroe area’s parks and recreation departments have unique offerings, including as many as 28 parks, eight of which contain various sports facilities, including well-lit tennis and basketball courts, and baseball, softball and football fields. Organized men’s, women’s and co-ed sports leagues for youth and adults are popular across the region, providing interested participants with a variety of choices, from flag football and soccer to baseball and adult softball. Monroe even has its own cricket club.
College sports provide nearly year-round entertainment for interested spectators. Teams from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana Tech University in most major sports, including football, baseball, basketball, track and field, cross-country and golf have a devoted local fan following, especially for football.