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Posted on: October 26, 2018

Oconee County Parks & Recreation Department Named GRPA District 7 Agency of the Year

Photo of Oconee County Parks & Recreation Department Staff

Department, senior athletic program coordinator honored

Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) District 7 named the Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department its 2018 Agency of the Year in the 20,001 to 50,000 population category. The award was presented at the Annual District Awards Banquet hosted on Wednesday, October 24, by Oconee County.

The GRPA Agency of the Year Award recognizes excellence and leadership in providing quality recreation programs, parks, and facilities that enhance the quality of life in communities. Nominees are judged on staff development, staff involvement in park organizations, park facilities, new and outstanding programs, and major accomplishments over the past year.

The Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department recently finished a $2.5 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) project, which included the construction of three additional multipurpose fields at Oconee Veterans Park. The department also completed a Capital Reserve Study and several park improvement projects, including historic structures at Heritage Park and parking lot, gymnasium carpet, and sand volleyball court at Herman C. Michael Park. This year, the Oconee County Parks & Recreation Department received the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider Designation from the National Alliance of Youth Sports, expanded the After School and Flag Football Programs, and created partnerships with the University of Georgia Department of Kinesiology and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) Athens Chapter.

Senior Athletic Program Coordinator Victoria Zeman received the GRPA District 7 Programmer of the Year Award at the banquet for providing outstanding program delivery and exhibiting a commitment to excellence in the field of parks and recreation.

GRPA District 7 agencies in the same population category include the city of Auburn and Barrow, Elbert, Dawson, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Madison, and Stephens counties.

“Oconee County has a great team of recreational professionals that strive to provide quality programs and park facilities each and every day,” said Parks & Recreation Department Director Lisa Davol. “It is an honor and privilege to work beside such an amazing group of professionals that are dedicated to serving the citizens in Oconee.”

For more information about the Oconee County Parks & Recreation Department, visit

Pictured (from left): DonL Bearden, Ethan Harkins, David Compton, Tony Lathrup, RaMad Hunter, Janine Lynn, Victoria Zeman, Stephen Richwine, Cindy Hardigree, Andy Dunston, Joan Postero, Tyler Hartzog, Pat Sebring, Jake Thornton, Brent Sexton, Daniel Cochran, Lisa Davol, Chase Brown, and Whitney Sperlik.

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