City gets an overview of recreation in PTC

Cajen Rhodes. Photo/Staff.
Cajen Rhodes. Photo/Staff.

The Peachtree City Council as part of the continuing series of workshops for 2016 met May 3 to hear reports such as those pertaining to the city’s recreation department.

Peachtree City has no shortage of recreation amenities for the young and old. A sampling of those amenities include 416 acres of parks, more than 90 miles of multi-use paths, 32 parks, 14 baseball fields, 10 soccer fields, seven softball fields, two football fields, 33 tennis courts, 10 basketball courts three pools fishing ponds and lakes and a hockey rink, department Director Cajen Rhodes told the council.

With those amenities comes 72 recreation programs, including 37 weekly summer camp options, serving a total of 3,772 participants in 2015.

Rhodes said the city in 2015 had 18 summer youth and adult programs with 10,289 participants.

The special events section of the recreation department held 37 events in 2015 with a total attendance of 77,000, said Rhodes.

Athletic tournaments also played into the recreation offerings, with 27 tournaments held in 2015. Those tournaments drew 28,260 in attendance with $2 million in direct spending.

Rhodes in the presentation noted several future challenges for the recreation department.

One of the challenges involved maintenance at athletic fields, playgrounds, buildings and structures and swimming pools.

Another challenge dealt with a recent citizen recommendation to install a spray park at the Glenloch Recreation Center.

A final challenge included the design, pricing and location for the skate park currently located at Shakerag. The park is currently an approved Facilities Authority bond project.