Helping the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency one step closer to achieving its goal of national accreditation, the CRPA Advisory Board approved statements involving the agency’s mission, vision and value during its meeting Wednesday night.

At the board meeting in April, agency director Bryan Reynolds presented an updated master plan for CRPA covering what the agency is looking to accomplish over the next several years. One key component of the plan was for the agency to receive national accreditation, which is a distinction only a relative handful of the many parks and recreation agencies across the country earn. When naming agencies to its accredited list, Reynolds said one thing the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies looks for out of local organizations are mission, vision and value statements.

In the recently approved statements, the mission statement reads, “Making life better in Cherokee County by preserving our parks and facilities while creating more active and healthier communities through recreation.” The vision statement explains that, “Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency, a distinguished leader in the parks and recreation field, provides a diverse system of high quality public parks, recreation facilities and programs enabling Cherokee County to remain the place to visit, live, work and play.” Among the list of values CRPA stands for are “Service with Integrity,” “Accessibility and Inclusion,” “Stewardship and Sustainability,” “Health and Safety,” “A Sense of Community,” “Fun and Play” and “Quality and Continuous Improvement.”

Along with the discussing the statements to be approved, Reynolds mentioned the courts at the tennis center are in the process of being resurfaced, the lights at the aquatic center may soon be upgraded, while new cabanas have been installed and the agency’s summer camps and leagues are in full swing.

Offering up a new update on the Cherokee Veterans Park gym project, Reynolds said the planned expansion of Ga. Highway 20 will not affect the current plans, as this was taken into consideration when drawing up the current plans. Along with this, he reminded the board indoor recreation space was one of the biggest needs in the county, and with the agency in the process of letting bids out on drawing up detailed plans for the gym’s construction, the construction of the first phase of the project could be bid out to contractors later this year.

The advisory board heard from two residents of the 55 and older subdivision of the Woodmont community, both of whom had questions about future development at Cherokee Veterans Park. One of the residents said she was glad to see the new recreation center would include enclosed pools, but asked if it might be possible to move the aquatics portion of the facility up from phase three to phase two. It was mentioned that phases two and three could be reversed, but that bringing an adequate sewer system to the park would be essential to develop the pool area.

Board member Steve Pressley asked why sewer was as necessary as it was. Reynolds responded that the aquatic portion of the project could run on a septic system, but that connecting the gym to the sewage system would be far better. Currently, the nearest sewer line is approximately 10,000 feet away from where the gym will be located, according to Reynolds, which would mean tying the gym in to the system would be a major expense.

Bringing her suggestion to the board, the second citizen asked if it might be possible to develop part of Cherokee Veterans Park into a dog park. With the only dog park CRPA currently operates located at Patriots Park, the board said there is land at Cherokee Veterans Park that could be developed into a dog park.

The next meeting of the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency will be Wednesday, Aug. 14.


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