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‘Deplorable’ recreation center sees improvements, 6 years later

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A recreation center known for its deplorable conditions is in better conditions, almost six years later.

In November of 2005, the Talbot County recreation center was nearly closed because of deplorable conditions. The floors were cracked, walls were caked with bat feces and to top it off, the toilets were backed up.

Seven months later, the recreation center reopened, but it still did not meet inspection codes.

Today the center is in better shape. The people in the community credit recreation center director, Andrew Hall, but he says he can't take all the credit.

"I give them full credit because they spent the necessary money to elevate our program to one of the top programs in the state," said Hall.

Anton Turner and his cousin Jawan Hall have been going to the recreation center since they were six years old. They both say it kept them out of trouble and helped shape who they are today.

"Now it has gotten a whole lot better and we have more kids coming out to the [recreation center]," said Turner.

"It gave me good leadership skills it gave me a place to hang out with friends," said Jawan Hall.

Director Hall took News Leader 9 inside the renovated recreation center. The walls have been cleaned and the toilets replaced. Hall says they are waiting on a new lighting system to be installed but for the most part everyone has rallied around the center making it a pillar in the community.

"It takes a village to raise a child and they bought into the concept that we are a part of that village. We are a part of the change and everybody needs recreation," remarked Andrew Hall.

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