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City parks will not be left unused
Glynn County's recreation director says he is doing everything in his power to bring children to the city's Howard Coffin Park.

Wes Davis, county recreation director, told the city commission at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday at Old City Hall that the Brunswick facility at U.S. 17 and Gloucester Street won't take a backseat to county facilities.

County crews are working to renovate the park, placing new wood chips under playground equipment and repairing lighting, he said.

Davis told his staff to treat the city facility with the same care expected at facilities like Neptune Park on St. Simons Island and the North Glynn Recreation Complex.

The county took over Brunswick's athletic programs Jan. 1 after months of contentious discussion about the distribution of the 1 percent Local Option Sales Tax. The city agreed last year to accept a smaller share of the tax than what it had originally asked for but requested the county take over three city operations - animal services, traffic light maintenance and athletic programs.

Davis told commissioners all programs offered by the county will be available at Howard Coffin, provided enough children sign up.

"If we get proper numbers, we'll hold all of the games right there," Davis said. "They won't have to travel anywhere. It all depends on participation."

Glynn County offers basketball, baseball, football, cheerleading, soccer and T-ball programs, among others.

"We're going to do all of the sports that the county currently offers. We'll leave nothing out," Davis said, adding that youth do not have to participate at a certain park based on their address. County children can play at city facilities and city children can venture into the county for athletic programs.

The county will also run the city's summer camp at Howard Coffin. Davis said he has assigned a park manager and is hiring three counselors for summer camp programs and seven employees to oversee athletic programs.

County recreation will issue fliers to school children advertising programs available countywide, including those at Howard Coffin, within the next month.

In other business, the commission nominated three individuals to serve on the board of Southeast Georgia Health System - Robert Turner, Scott Lutes and Dawn Mayes. The hospital authority can choose one or none of the nominees.



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