Parks & Recreation
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200C S. Madison Ave.
Ph: (912) 384-5978
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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Parks and Recreation Department supports programs and services that contribute to healthy lifestyles for citizens. These include:
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MAYOR PAULK SIGNS PROCLAMATION FOR OLDER AMERICAN MONTH
Mayor Tony Paulk signed a proclamation on May 9, 2017 declaring May as Older American Month. Douglas Parks and Recreation offers several activities during the month of May for senior citizens to enjoy! For more information, please call Gina Gibbs at 912-383-7332.
SUMMER PROGRAM INFORMATION
Looking for something for the kids to do this summer? We have summer camps, sports camps and swim lessons! Call 912-384-5978 or stop by our office and see what is available for your child TODAY!
- Session 1A, 1B, and 2B are full.
CITIZENS ARE URGED TO REPORT VANDALISM AND ILLEGAL DUMPING
At the City of Douglas and Douglas-Coffee County Parks and Recreation Department, we encourage everyone to use our facilities for their leisure enjoyment. However, please be mindful that a tennis court is for playing tennis and a sidewalk trail is for walking or running – not graffiti. Please help us keep our city clean by reporting any vandalism, illegal dumping, or criminal activity to our See Something, Say Something Crime Tip Line at 912-260-3600.
As a part of the “Shame on You” Anti-Litter and Beautification Program, offenders who are caught in the act of littering, illegally dumping, vandalizing property, or “dumpster diving” could have their names/photos posted on the City’s social media platforms, Channel 13, and could face a fine of up to $1,000.00. Due to a recent increase in vandalism in the parks and illegal dumping, the City of Douglas would like to urge citizens to help keep Douglas clean and visibly pleasing by reporting suspicious activity, vandalism, and illegal dumping to the “See Something, Say Something” Crime Tip line.
“Our citizens should take action to make our community a better place,” says City Manager Terrell Jacobs. “Anyone who sees another person vandalizing property or illegally dumping property should contact the See Something, Say Something Tip Line and report the incident.”
Any person, who dispose or “dump” items illegally, are committing a crime. Offenders could face a penalty of a fine up to $1,000. Citizens are encouraged to request additional trash carts for their residence or participate in monthly, residential Community Junk Drop Off days.
“In the last week, we’ve had some problems with vandalism such as soap suds in the Fountain at Atkinson Plaza, graffiti at Emma Ward Park, and sidewalk chalk on the Tennis Courts at Wheeler Park,” says Stevie Young, Parks and Recreation Director. “While sidewalk chalk drawing on a tennis court and soap suds in the fountain may seem trivial, please realize City workers must pressure wash the chalk off the tennis court which will cause damage to the court surface and a private company must be called in to clean the fountain because soap suds in the fountain will damage the pump system.”
Citizens are encouraged to report repairs, electrical outages, potholes, and other related items to the See Something, Say Something to the non-criminal line by dialing 3-1-1 or 912-384-3302. To report criminal activity such as illegal dumping, vandalism, and suspicious activity call the See Something Say Something Anonymous Crime Tip line at 912-260-3600 or if immediate attention is needed, dial 9-1-1.
ESG OPERATIONS DONATES $50,000 TO CONSTRUCTION OF MIRACLE FIELD
ESG Donation Photo: Stevie Young (Parks & Recreation Director), Commissioner Kentaiwon Durham, Kevin Davis (ESG Project Manager), John Eddlemun (ESG Operations Sr. Vice President & Partner), Commissioner Johnnie Lee Roper, Tony Johnson (ESG Vice President, Community Outreach & Governmental Affairs), and Mayor Tony L. Paulk
At the regularly scheduled Commission meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017, ESG Operations, Inc. presented Douglas Coffee County Parks & Recreation with a donation of $50,000 for the construction of Douglas and Coffee County’s Miracle Field. The Miracle Field will be constructed at the current site of Davis Wade Baseball Field/Park. The field will be utilized for special needs children and adults in Douglas and Coffee County. For more information about the Miracle Field, please contact Stevie Young at 912-384-5978.
PREMIUM WATERS DONATES $15,625 FOR MIRACLE FIELD
Premium Waters donates over $15,000 to the City of Douglas’ Miracle Field Project. Pictured: Front Row (L – R) Commissioner Johnnie L. Roper, Kenneth Dansby, Monica Vaughn, David Santiago, Tony Velardi, Hilton Huff, Commissioner Kentaiwon Durham; Back Row (L-R) Stevie Young (Parks & Recreation Director), Mike Lord (Premium Waters Plant Manager), Elizabeth Graves, Sherry McCoy, Kellie Gifford, John Spivey, Laura Bloom (Premium Waters Human Resources Manager)
On Friday, February 17, 2017, Premium Waters corporate office along with the local Premium Waters Employees Committee, presented the City of Douglas and Douglas Coffee County Parks and Recreation Department with two checks totaling $15,625.00. The first check, in the amount of $15,000, came directly from Premium Waters corporate office, located in Minneapolis, MN.
The second check was presented by the “Premium Team” Employees Committee in the amount of $625. Motivated and result driven, this team of employees quickly got involved and within one month held a cookie sale and donation drive to benefit this community project.
“This year, our corporate office, implemented a program to support local charities that contribute to the people initiatives, especially involving youth,” says Plant Manager, Mike Lord. “We chose to donate to the City of Douglas’ efforts to build a Miracle Field because the field will be a playground and recreational environment for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. It is our hopes that this facility become a common area for many to enjoy for years to come. As an employee said earlier, we have a “Premium Team” here at Premium Waters.”
Teaming with the Miracle League and community partners such as Premium Waters, Douglas’ Miracle Field will be built to create a safe and positive environment for special needs children and adults in our community, as well as surrounding cities, to enjoy. What was formally Davis Wade Park, will become a baseball field and playground for special needs children and adults to enjoy. To enable play and help prevent injuries to special needs players, the field must have specialized turf and equipment to accommodate children and adults with disabilities. The program will cost approximately $750,000 for construction of the field and playground. Donations are being accepted from businesses, organizations, and individuals.
“We are very appreciative of these donations from Premium Waters,” says Stevie Young, Parks and Recreation Director. “Their donation will help keep us moving forward with our plans to build our Miracle Field for our disabled and special needs citizens and for others from surrounding counties to enjoy.”
Premium Waters plans to continue to donate locally to other charities in the coming years. According to Lord, each year, a different charity will be selected and the amount of the donation may vary. For more information about Douglas’ Miracle Field and League or to make a donation to the Miracle Field, contact Stevie Young, at Douglas-Coffee County Parks and Recreation Department at 912-384-5978.
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