Work and Play: Parks and Rec Important to Life in DaltonIn his March 9, 2012 column titled "They do a fine job at Parks and Rec" for Dalton’s Daily-Citizen Carpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braun discusses the benefits of Dalton Parks and Recreation Department and some of its new additions.
“Dalton Parks and Recreation Department (DPRD) has been going strong for 55 years.
It might interest you to know, as it did me, that the DPRD now provides 644 acres of leisure opportunities including 12 parks, six outdoor walking tracks, trails, 30 athletic fields, nine artificial turf fields, 24 tennis courts and 10 playgrounds.
Add to that list the disc golf course, the dog park, skate park, a large (Olympic-sized) swimming pool and opportunities to fish on park properties and you have a very well-rounded recreation department.
The DPRD does a really fine job of getting young people involved in sports. Most of us are aware of many of the year-round athletic opportunities provided for our young people by the DPRD. From preschoolers to senior high students, our area youth have opportunities to compete in soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, cheerleading, volleyball, swimming, tennis, golf and lacrosse, just to name a few. And what’s more, these competitive sports are free for the young people who participate in the drafted leagues.
One of the most exciting additions to the DPRD program is the new Mack Gaston Community Center, a 50,000-square-feet facility on the corner of Fredrick Street and MLK Boulevard which has something for athletes of all ages: two full-size basketball courts, an indoor walking track, a weight room, artificial turf fields and even a playground for the youngest among us.
Every thriving community needs a good parks and recreation program. We’re lucky to have one that’s “better than good.”"
Thank you, Werner.