Gainesville Parks and Recreation has won the Georgia Recreation and Park Association Agency of the Year award for the 11th time in the last 15 years.
Gainesville competes in the 20,000 to 50,000 population category and received the award Thursday evening at the association’s annual conference in Jekyll Island.
Gainesville Parks and Recreation was cited for its strategic planning, strong operations, programming, services, community partnerships and continued development of greenspace.
Director Melvin Cooper stated, “On behalf of our board and staff, I am very proud of the recognition this award brings to our community. It represents our continued dedication to playing a vital role in Gainesville’s quality of life and the health and well-being of our residents.”
Gainesville Parks and Recreation is one of 136 nationally accredited agencies in the country. It operates and maintains over 454 acres, 22 parks, 20 athletic fields, four pools, 15 tennis courts, four basketball courts, 14 playgrounds, 15 picnic shelters, four concession areas, 14 restrooms, 9 miles of walking trails, the Gainesville Civic Center, Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, City Park Complex, Lanier Point Athletic Complex, Martha Hope Cabin and Fair Street Neighborhood Center. It shares maintenance and operations with Hall County Parks and Leisure Services for Allen Creek Soccer Complex and the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue at Clarks Bridge Park.