December 18th, 2019 – 4:00 PM
Ethan Garrett – Digital News Editor/Video Reporter (WRGA News)
On Tuesday morning the Rome/Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority held a meeting covering its 2019 highlights and some plans for 2020 at the Floyd County Administration Building.
Some of the 2019 Parks Division highlights included:
- Completing the Etowah Driving Range Building.
- Replacing Goals and resurfacing basketball courts at Eagle & Tolbert Parks.
- Installed playground spinners at Ridgeferry Park.
- Installed Water fountain and bench at Ridge Ferry Dog Park.
- Added disc golf course to Shag Williams Park.
Some New Programs Introduced in 2019 by the Parks Division included:
- The Summer Feeding Program (5,873 meals served).
- Adult Basketball (9 Teams and 104 players).
- Championship Rings.
- Pop-up Fitness and Walking Club.
- Free Sport-Clinics (Baseball, Volleyball, and Boys/Girls Basketball).
As for 2019 Athletics:
– 3,139 youth participated in sports.
– 585 Coaches Volunteered.
– 1,038 Games were played.
– 260 free clinic participants.
– 16,872 points scored in Basketball.
– 5,523 Runs scored in Baseball/Softball.
– 11,817 Swimmers.
– 145 Challenger Sports Athletes.
– 200+ Dancers at Line Jamboree.
The Parks and Rec. plans for 2020 include:
- Moving the Lock and Dam registration to “Reserve America.”
- Transitioning Concessions Stands to be able to utilize Debit/Credit Cards.
- Continue to look for sponsors for programs and events.
$75,000 is being requested for earmarking to be utilized for a playground spinner at Ridge Ferry Park, park fencing, artificial turf for Riverview Park batting cages, and shade at Riverview Park.
$77,675 is requested for non-capital equipment, 121,500 for Capital. Some of the money is earmarked for security upgrades, completion of driving range, and to redo the floor at the Thornton Center.