The Cedartown Recreation Department has been awarded the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association’s District 5 Recreation Agency of the Year.

The Cedartown Recreation Department consists of a seven-employee team.

The Department organizes and oversees community-coached sports programs which include cheerleading, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and a baseball league specifically designed for youth with special needs.

In addition, the department assists with several special events annually including the Holloway Hunny Pot Festival, the Boo Bash at Bert Wood Park, Polk County School District Special Olympics and the Cedartown Wheelchair Athlete Training Camp and 5K. The Recreation Department also hosts a Trick-or-Treat event for children with special needs every year.

Through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, Cedartown Recreation has expanded the basketball program, and increased program accessibility to local youth. The department’s “open gym” initiative allows residents a safe space for free play in the afternoon and serves as an alternative option for exercise should the weather be unsuitable.

“We’ve got an active and continually growing recreation department. We not only serve the city of Cedartown youth but also youth living in Polk County,” explained City Manager Edward Guzman. “We’re proud of the hard work that our recreation department has put in to make these positive changes. It’s evident that with this award, other agencies and state agencies have taken note of the department’s success as well.”

From Polk Standard Journal