The Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) District 7 honored the Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department with its 2020 Agency of the Year award in the 20,001 to 50,000-population category.
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 & Recreation Department resurfaced six tennis courts and added pickleball lines to two of the courts at Herman C. Michael Park; the department received $16,500 in USTA grants toward the project. Recent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funding was utilized to address water infiltration in the Oconee Veterans Park Community Center. Bogart Sports Complex Fields 2, 3, and 5 were renovated. Both restrooms at Heritage Park received new HVAC units, and the chimney at the Central School House was repaired. Additional tree replacements at Oconee Veterans Park were planted, the Herman C. Michael indoor stairs were replaced, and many other improvements to park facilities were made.
The department received renewal of the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider Designation from the National Alliance of Youth Sports, completed several invasive plant removal days at Heritage Park, had record program participation, coordinated over 12,000 volunteer hours, and participated in many other community events.
In addition, Senior Athletic Program Coordinator Daniel Cochran received the GRPA District 7 Programmer of the Year Award 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 cities of Auburn, Duluth, Gainesville, and Suwanee as well as the counties of Elbert, Dawson, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Lumpkin, Jackson, Madison, Stephens, and White.
“Oconee County has an outstanding group of recreation professionals that are dedicated to providing high-quality programs and facilities to the citizens of Oconee County,” Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Davol said. “The OCPRD team works hard day in and day out to ensure our community has a well-maintained park system and organized, fun recreational programs.”
For more information about the Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department, visit https://www.oconeecounty.com/396/Parks-Recreation.