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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Parks and Recreation Volunteer of the Year Recognized

OCPRD Parks Volunteer of the Year Receives Award from Parks & Recreation Director

Oconee County Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Davol (left) presented Jeanne Barsanti with the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District 7 Volunteer of the Year Award at the October 29 Oconee County Board of Commissioners meeting. A current member of the Oconee County Recreation Advisory Committee, Barsanti was recognized for her long-standing dedication to Heritage Park, a 364-acre passive park with more than 10 miles of bike trails and 4 miles of horse trails. Barsanti began volunteering in 2009 when the horse trails at Heritage Park were first established, and she and her fellow riders from the Kel-Mac Saddle Club and Backcountry Horsemen of Georgia ride the trails frequently. Under Barsanti’s leadership, the group patrols and assesses the park, reporting issues with trail conditions, wildlife, and park users. Barsanti schedules volunteer trail workdays to combat trail wear and tear, as well as erosion issues. The group has donated use of equipment, tools, trail building supplies, and materials. Barsanti has also been instrumental in assisting with trail signage and scout projects and has spearheaded fundraising efforts for the trails at Heritage Park. For information about volunteering with the Parks and Recreation Department, visit

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