Final plans underway for Harris Co.'s first recreation center

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

HAMILTON, GA (WTVM) - Twenty-five acres off of Highway 116 in Hamilton, GA will be the new home of Harris County's new recreation center.

Danny Bridges, County Manager, told News Leader 9 it was 7 years in the making. "Feedback of course came first with the SPLOST vote when it was approved.  But, we had some very positive out looks.  People are excited about a natatorium that is accessible year round," said Bridges.

One of those people, Zack Perdue, is a member of Harris County High's swim team.  Swim team members have to drive to Columbus three times a week and join a club swim team to train and condition.  Perdue explained, "It is a 45-minute drive from my house. So, it is pretty hard."

The coach, Mindy Johnson, is excited about the swim team will now have a home, "We have always sent someone to state finals every year.  So, I am excited to see how many more athletes we will send now that we will have this recreation center."

Along with the competition swimming pool, a recreational pool, basketball courts, and several meeting rooms will complete the building.

A multipurpose room can be rented for events.  "Instead of having to go out of the county to rent places for weddings or parties, for receptions, or anniversaries, there will now be somewhere locally. That SPLOST money was a wonderful thing because it leaves the money in the county," said resident Teresa Edwards.

The master plan for the land includes a library, athletic fields, tennis courts, and a play ground.  Bridges said, "The real dream come true is when it is a place where the entire family can go and there is something for everybody in that family to do."

Construction is expected to start in 2 months and the project should be completed in 2 years. It is funded by SPLOST money.

When completed, the recreation center will create several jobs in the county. 

[Click here to view Harris County's Community Center site plan.]

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