Impact in Action
Case Study: Towns County Recreation Center
TOWNS COUNTY RECREATION CENTER
The Towns County Recreation and Conference Center marked their first-opened on December 14, 2013.   Every day the center is open it is full of residents of all ages enjoying everything the facility has to offer. Whether it’s a lively game of Pickle Ball, youth basketball leagues, personal training or walking the track with a friend there is no doubt the center’s athletic areas are in full use.  The multi-purpose and conference areas are also popular with residents as it has provided space to gather to conduct business or club meetings to play friendly card games or other host social events.
THE PROJECT

The vision for this modern 27,000 square foot facility became a reality through the leadership of Towns County Commissioner Bill Kendall being funded 100% by SPLOST dollars.  During his re-election campaign in 2005, he promised voters he would make it happen.  R.W. Allen Construction Services Company was the project manager overseeing construction, and the goal was to local subcontractors if possible, H.E. Hodge Company being one of them.

Being a leader in school gymnasium equipment procurement and installation throughout the state of Georgia for over 40 years, they were selected to provide essential components of the main gymnasium.  These components included High-tech bleachers for comfortable seating, 12 retractable basketball goals, a gym divider curtain, four wall pads as well as all the tables and chairs in the conference center.  Their knowledge of high-quality athletic equipment products and superior project management are the reasons why they were selected for this project.

THE IMPACT

One thing is for sure; residents love this facility!  For many especially retired citizens, it gives them a place to go that supports healthy lifestyle goals and promotes community. For kids of all ages, it has opened up more opportunities to participate in fun camps, and other events close to home. In building this facility, one important goal of Commissioner Kendall was to stimulate economic development of the county and Alan Rogers, Assistant Director has seen first hand the fulfillment of this objective. “During this year, we hosted a Class C District 7 Mite Boys All Star Basketball tournament that drew families from all over the district,” said Rogers.  “The parents of players come to the area, stay in our hotels, eat out, fuel up and some like the area so much they invest in real estate to keep coming back, all as a result of having this facility to host events.”

Over the summer the center hosted two youth Basketball camps, one in June sponsored by Young Harris College and the other sponsored by Elite Level Training and next year there are two more basketball tournaments scheduled.  The first basketball tournament will be a Class C District 7 District Tournament on February 20 – 21, 2015.  The next will be a Class C State Tournament on March 6 – 7, 2015.  “With our first State basketball tournament, Rogers concludes, “we expect to draw even more people to our beautiful community.