Robyn Lynch is still in her first month as venue manager at Lake Lanier Olympic Park, and she’s already looking to make sure Hall County residents don’t overlook the resource the park offers them.
“We want to make sure that the community knows that this is a public park and everyone is welcome,” Lynch said.
The venue earned its name by hosting both rowing and canoe/kayak events since its role in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. It continues to bring in major events on an annual basis in conjunction with Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club and Lake Lanier Rowing Club. Looming large among those events is the 2018 World Dragon Boat Championships, which Lynch said will be the event’s first stop in North America and Hall’s largest event since the Olympics.
It also welcomes the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival and the summer John Jarrard Foundation concert annually.
But Lynch noted the park includes plenty to enjoy even when there’s not a major event in town, including picnic areas, a boat ramp and a public beach.
Lynch comes to the venue after previously working at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, then in fundraising and event planning. She is from Savannah, and she has lived in Gainesville for 13 years.
Lake Lanier Olympic Park, which brings in an estimated 100,000 visitors each year, is undergoing a makeover with a series of renovations. The first phase, completed last year, included improvements to the tower and offices. Up next will be improvements to park bathrooms and the boathouse.
Lynch said the facilities were built with the Olympics in mind and not originally designed to be long-term.
“They’re ready to be renovated,” Lynch said.
Lynch replaces Morgan House, who announced his departure from the role in May after three years on the job.
Lynch, who began working at the venue July 1, is eager to work alongside the community at the venue.
“There are so many people who are passionate about the venue and understand what a jewel it is and are willing to step up and help in any way they can,” Lynch said.