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&ec/teaiion in Qeo/tgia 

Vol. 5, No. 1 

Published by the Georgia Redreationj4 r ft ri t s %L Q "^ 

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August - September 1971 

This section of the Chattahoochee River has been called by some the 
•nost scenic stretch of any river within a large urban city any place in the 
Southeast. Just around the bend are 200' bluffs, rock outcroppings and 
nagnif icient views which defy description. Can you imagine how the level. 
Flood-plain area to the left would look with an apartment complex 10' 
from the water? 

'reparing to depart on the Legislative Orinetation of the river are these 
nembers of the Chattahoochee River Joint Study Committee. Lou 
Sreathouse (left) who has been a crusader for legislative protection of the 
'liver, and Jim Cone, (right) the DeKalb County Parks and Recreation 
Director are going over last minute details with (l-r) Ross Wilson, Rep. 
Howard Atherton, Senator Cy Chapman and son Scott, Rep. Marton 
«\>ung, and Rep. Brad Dorminy, Co-Chairman of the Study Committee. 


The Chattahoochee RjveT*from Buford Dam to Peachtree 
Creek is recognized as a natural, cultural, recreation resource 
of major importance in the Georgia Heritage. 

Within the past year, the river has been the subject of much 
controversy regarding rezoning of property, available public 
access points, water quality, protection of flood plains and 
shorelines and, in general, the private versus public use of and 
access to the river. 

Last year the State Interagency Council on Outdoor 
Recreation requested that the Georgia General Assembly take 
appropriate action to: (1) Establish Public Policy and declare 
the State's interest in the Chattahoochee Scenic River from 
Peachtree Creek to Buford Dam; (2) Declare the Chattahoo- 
chee a Model Inland River for Scenic and Recreational Values 
in the State; (3) Establish State Regulatory controls, with 
area-wide and local planning and review process to assure 
scenic protection of the river corridor; and prohibit any 
permanent structural developments in the flood plain; estab- 
lish a minimum set-back of permanent buildings of 200' from 
each channel bank and prohibit developments on steep slopes 
(over 15%) in order to protect the scenic back drops and 
bluffs, protect the region's main water, and avoid severe soil 

It was further recommended by Council members that (4) 
adequate public access areas be reserved from the remaining 
potential sites on the river corridor; and (5) a Moritorium be 
placed on developments in the riverscape and creation of a 
major public park be considered in the area referred to as the 
Palisades pending completion of a Bureau of Outdoor Recrea- 
tion Study. 

Legislation was introduced which would have largely 
accomplished these recommendations. However, it was re- 
ferred to the Chattahoochee River Joint Study Committee 
whose Chairman is Senator Robert Walling of DeKalb County. 
Through Senator Walling's efforts serious study of the river has 
taken place which is expected to precede successful legislation 
when this year's General Assembly convenes. 

Since last October, the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation has 
labored to complete its Chattahoochee Recreation Area Study 
and has attempted to draw upon the expertise of various local, 
state, federal, private and public agencies and individuals in 
order to assemble a plan of development and conservation of 
the river and its shorelines, flood plains and slopes. 

As of this writing the projected completion date of the 
Bureau of Outdoor Recreation Study is November 8th. This 
study will outline recommendations for recreation areas, 
access points to the river (18-20 in number, 5 to 40 acres in 



October 19-22 

on R( and Parks 

Houston, Tt 

November 17-19 

e Conference 
on Recreation and Parks 

"Recreation in Georgia" 
publication of the Georgia Recreation Com- 
mission, Trinity-Washington Building, 270 
Washington Street, S.W., Room 703, Atlanta, 
Georgia 30334 - Telephone: 656-2790 

JOHN H. DAVIS-Executive Director 

JAMES A. COLLEY-Deputy Executive Director 

LONICE BAR RETT- Assistant Director 

THAD STUDSTILL-Assistant Director 

DR. HAROLD D. MEYER-Consultant 

Commission Members 

LUKE L. RUSHTON, Chairman 

Young Harris 

JAMES E. BROWN, Vice Chairman 

Dal ton 




East Point 












Richmond County 


.al and historical sites, natural areas, and list priorities on all of these. 

The most frequently mentioned projected developmental cost of the river corridor 

•unts to approximately $40 million dollars from federal sources such as HUD, the 

Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Land and Water Conservation Fund,_and the 

Department of Transportation. 

The local governments of Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Forsythe Counties 

e been encouraged in the protection of the river corridor by continuing their 

individual efforts to obtain the critically needed access are 

Special emphasis is given to the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation Study I in the 

year that has elapsed since B.O.R. initially announced plans to conduct the study, 
tremendous interest has been generated. Many events have transpired which have had 
both positive and negative results upon the river. 

With some people or groups, the thought in mind has been to sell riverside land to 
developers with the only consideration being personal gain without regard to the 
detriment of a region wide public resource. While landowners have differed in opinion 
over the proposed river corridor being an invasion of their personal privacy, the majority 

landowners view protection of the riverscape as being absolutely necessary and have 
organized activist groups to work to that end. Others, however, have viewed proposed 

ling restrictions, particularly within the flood plain, as negating their privilege to use 
their personal property as they might wish. This is to say that some people would build 
houses or apartments in the flood plain at the risk of having the general public pay for 
their flood hazard loss. 

Governor Jimmy Carter, on behalf of the State of Georgia, intervened recently into 
the oftentimes hotly disputed situation surrounding the river and filed suit against the 
private developers who have managed to obtain a controversial rezoning of an area of 
property near the scenic Palisades region. Governor Carter's action provided added 
significance to an already pending suit filed by private landowners. The Governor was 
able to iron out an agreement with the developers regarding limited public access, 
parking, setbacks and other concessions. This action, though admitted by Governor 
Carter to be a late-date compromise, represents the increasing determination by state 

eminent to provide the impetus whereby all of the interests of the public, private 
and commercial sectors can harmoniously work toward a sensible plan for orderly 
regional development of the waterway. 

Such a plan would^call for the protection of the flood plains, water quality and scenic 
shorelands by the public sector in order that private developments might occur in 
adjoining complimentary locations which would minimize degradation of the river 

idor. Through such a plan of short and longrange benefits to both the general public 
and the private sector, the natural beauty of the scenic riverscape, the water quality, the " 
trout fishery, and the great natural recreation asset which now immediately serves 
one-fourth of the citizens of Georgia could be preserved. 



the biggest jobs facing People today. As the roots of grass reach 

ley strengthen their hold on the soil and water. As People act 

o improve their habitat, they strengthen the quality of their entire natural 

world. , pied ) 

This area is perhaps the most popular and attractive spot along the 
Chattahoochee River as this is the entrance to the region referred to as the 
Palisades. In the background is the land which was recently rezoned to 
permit construction of an apartment and office building complex within 
the flood-plain. All of the land pictured is posted, complete with security 
guard and NO Trespassing signs. 





e utter dilemma of gaining access to the river is reflected by these cars 
gaily parked (and ticketed) by families, high school and college students 
I others deisring to tube, canoe, raft or even swim in the Palisades area 
the river. This photograph was taken near the intersection if 1-285 and 
5 on a Sunday afternoon. 


The Georgia Recreation Commission 
has released the latest data available for 
public recreation and park officials in 
Georgia. The 1971 study reveals that 
salaries range from $7,800 to a maximum 
of $22,863.00. The average of the 61 
reporting fulltime departments was 
$11,026.95. This average representing an 
increase of $ 1 ,326.95 . 

Copies of the study may be obtained 
by writing to the Georgia Recreation 
Commission, 270 Washington Street, 
S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30334. 


The Georgia Recreation Commission 
has underway some 18 recreation/park 
studies as requested by local govern- 
ments. The studies deal with the basic 
facts necessary for implementation of a 
sound recreation/park system for a city 
or county. 

The Commission is involved in studies 
of varying degrees with: Albany -Dough- 
terty County, Americus, Brunswick, 
Chamblee, Cherokee County, Chicka- 
mauga, Covington, Hapeville, Milledge- 
ville, Royston, Tattnall County, Quitman, 
Youth Development Center. Clinch ( 
ty, Fulton County, Henry County, Harris 
County, and Adel. Georgia 

CLAUDE M. LEWIS, Director of Recreation 
for the City of Warner Robins is warmly 
congratulated by Governor Jimmy Carter upon 
being sworn in as a new member to the Board 
of Recreation Examiners. Mrs. Claude Lewis 
beams approval of the appointment. 


— Commenting on changing teenage attitudes, motivational psychologist Dr. Joyce 
Brothers said that bikes may be replacing cars in the dreams of a good many teenagers as 
part of a committment to fighting pollution and poverty "Having fun and doing their 
ecology thing." Credit: Bike Commuters' News, Volurr 


JACK C. DELIUS is General Manager of Parks 
and Recreation for the City of Atlanta. He was 
elected to this position in March 1964 at the 
age of 30 making him the youngest department 
head in the history of the city. 

Mr. Delius is a native of Smyrna, Georgia. He 
holds a B.S. Degree from Georgia State Univer- 
sity and has completed additional academic 
work at the University of Georgia. 

The C&S Bank, on a strictly anonymous 
basis, decided to attempt to fully equip 
with modern, colorful playgound appara- 
tus, 60 or more playlots most of which 
are located in deprived areas. The bank 
offered to match, dollar for dollar, all 
nonations received from individuals, 
churches, civic organizations, etc. up to a 
total of $100,000. The bank was to order 
and be committed for the payment of the 
equipment without the City of Atlanta 
being directly involved. The bank selected 
a supplier with whom they had dealt 
previously on similar projects in other 
cities. Mr. VanLandingham wanted all of 
the equipment installed from scratch on 
Saturday, June 5, 1971. But after a 
survey of the mechanics involved it was 
quickly determined that holes had to be 
dug and concrete had to be poured 
several days in advance for the installa- 
tion of many [uipment. 
The City of Atlanta Department of Parks 
Recreation is divided into four area 

I has 

15 to 17 playlol i had to be 

red. Soi one 

on over- 
i adio 
d the 


For several years the Community Development Corporation of the C&S National Bank 
has conducted a community wide improvement project in the Atlanta area. In the 
summer of 1970 the bank enlisted volunteers from its own staff, help from the City of 
Atlanta's Sanitary Division of the Public Works Department, churches, fraternal orders, 
civic associations and private individuals in cleaning up various economically disadvan- 
taged neighborhoods of our City. The key to the project and the success could be 
directly contributed to the heavy citizen involvement. The Community Development 
Corporation feels that it is not just enough to make a donation and then stand back to 
see what happens - they want people involved so that a vested interest is created. This 
year, in the early spring, Mr. William VanLandingham, Executive Vice President of the 
C&S Bank and president of the Community Development Corporation, contacted the 
Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department and asked for a list of needed projects that 
could be done during the summer of 1971. Since Atlanta is very deficient in open space: 
and in the development for facilities for recreation and leisure time, the list of items 
that was submitted to Mr. VanLandingham was rather lengthly. One thing that caught 
his eye was the some 112 playlots that are generally located in the economically 
disadvantaged areas of our city which are leased for $ 1 .00 a year by the City of Atlanta. 
The playlots are an attempt to bridge the gap of deficiency that exists in recreation 
facilities in Atlanta until such time as a massive bond issue can be successfully passed; 
and for once the city can have at least the minimum number of acreage required under, 
NRPA standards, etc. 

tliis time Major Donald Tapscott, Com- 
manding Officer of the 5th Battalion, 
197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning 
came forward and said to the City, 
"LOOK, we do a lot of community work 
on an overseas basis, so why not do 
community work right here at home?" 
Immediately Major Tapscott dispatched 
32 enlisted men on a voluntary basis to 
Atlanta. It became obvious that billeting 
would be a problem as well as food. Fort 
McPherson graciously agreed to accept 
quarters responsibilities for the soldiers, 
and the Pryor Street Elementary School 
arranged to prepare double portion meals 
for these hard working young men during 
the duration of "Spring Swing to Play- 
grounds." On June 5th the Army showed 
up with additional forces consisting of 
radio technicians, and engineers, and thus 
the project had not only the City of 
Atlanta's two-way communication 
system, but also a backup system pro- 
vided by the Army. The Army brought 
with them 20 additional large trucks, and 
these were divided among the four park 
districts, and along with the City's ve- 
hicles, all were loaded by 2:00 a.m. on 
the morning of June 5th. At 7:30 a.m. all 
of the trucks began to roll. Equipment 
iiopped i ch respective play- 

ground, witheither an Army enlisted man 
Parks and Re^ 
ig willi the equipment to guard it 
vandalism, e , a nk 

e m p i 

groups, etc. along with City personnel! 
began to assemble the equipment using] 
tools donated by Sears & Roebuck and] 
cooling off with refreshments provided \ 
by the Coca-Cola Company. By 10:45 
a.m. three of the four districts were fully] 
installed and the playground equipment] 
in use by literally thousands of happy] 
children. By 1:00 the fourth district wasj 
finished and them the bank sponsored a] 
mammoth chicken fry at the pavilion in \ 
Piedmont Park. The playgound equip-] 
ment manufacturer flew into Atlanta and! 
viewed the operation ajid later told thel 
City that this was probably the largest! 
purchase and the largest installation of] 
playground equipment in the history of] 
the United States. Early the following! 
Monday morning towns and communities! 
near Atlanta began to call for informa-j 
tion. We now understand that several j 
cities are carrying off the same type of 
program with the help of C&S Bank. 

PLISH? Well, first of all and very ob- 
viously, it provided a tremendous up- 

ing of 67 different playlots. In one' 
fell swoop it provided the City of Atlanta 
with as much playground equipment 

annual budget would have providec 
in 30 years (we get about $5,000 a 

wings, slides, etc.) But perhaps more 

important than that, in the words of Mr, 

Dick Jones of C&S Bank and Mr. Lee 

ordinator of Spring Swing H 

Playgounds, it showed the Atlanta Parks 
and Recreation Department that it can 
tackle just about anything and that if this 
project could be carried off with a fair 
amount of success, then anything else 
down the road will be more or less 
cluVken feed. It instilled a very positive 
attitude among our office and field em- 
ployees. Additionally, it involved literally 
thousands oi Atlanta citizens from all 
walks of life - rich and poor, black and 
white, resident and non-residents — in a 
community wide project with great 
physical impact and lasting physical im- 
provements. Everyone now has a vested 
interest in these playgrounds and we are 
pleased to report that as of the time of 
this writing that vandalism has been 
virtually non-existent of any of the 67 
locations. It is worth emphasizing that 
the C&S Bank continued all during the 
project to remain anonymous, but our 
Park and Recreaction staff feels that they 
need proper recognition. There is nothing 
wrong with telling the world about what 
some fine organization has done for its 
own community. 

KEY TO COMMUNITY SUCCESS. People from all walks of the Atlanta 
community united their time, talents and interest to make the "Spring 
Swing To Playgrounds" a tremendous success. 

The BEFORE scene of the Fraser-Reed Playground location depicts an The AFTER scene indicates the actual results of the Spring Swing to 
unused lot that presents an "eyesore" to the entire community. Playgrounds program. A functional playground that will help serve the 

needs of the residents of the Fraser-Reed area. 


The provision of a comprehensive recreation and park service requires the coordinated effort of numerous groups, agem 
organizations and individuals in a community. It is essential that all resources, physical and human, be fully utilized ii 
programs are to be produced for the citizenry. 

The "SPRING SWING TO PLAYGROUNDS" program is an excellent example of what can be done with EVERYONE working 
together to benefit all the people of a community. The spirit of this program has captured the imagination and enthusiasm of peo 
throughout the United States. The joining together of a private enterprise, civic and religious organizations, a public recreation and 
park agency, the United States Army and thousands of interested individuals have said to the people of Atlanta, YES, we d 

It is the fervent hope of the Georgia Recreation Commission that this is only the BEGINNING. From this magnificant program will 
spring forth renewed interest in providing wholesome recreation and park pursuits for all Georgians. TOGETHER, as a team, it can 



)d of 
o Department to 

ANDREW JACKSON is the new Director 
of the Sylvania Recreation Department. 

ALEC CASWELL has resigned as the 

Recreation for the Ch 


Director for the 

JIMMIE MIMS, Assistant Dii 
Recreation for the City of Atlanta retired 
recently from this position. 

MARIE LEWIS, recent graduate from the 
University oined the 

of the Warner Robins Recreation Depart- 

MIMI ALLEN, D> ; Public Rela- 

rhe Gainesville Department 

»ined the 


Nort 1 iied the I 

m f ft 

State Parks Department as Recreation Co- 
ordinator for Will-A-Way Recreation Area at Ft. 
Yargo State Park. 

She is a graduate of Carson Newnan College 
of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 

DR. JIM RICKETTS has joined the Georgia 
Department of Corrections as Director of Cor- 
rectional Recreation Programs. 

Dr. Ricketts is a native of Belle Center, Ohio. 
He received degrees from Ohio Northern Uni- 
versity, Bowling Green State University and his 
Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1971 from 
Ohio State University. 

He has held various positions at Ohio State 
University, Hanover College and Bluff ton Col- 

Dr. Rickett's main thrust with the Depart- 
ment of Corrections will be to initiate recrea- 
tion programs in Georgia's Penal Institutions. 


• Jeorgia is opening 

mmunily of its 

planned recreation 

m and Pa 
ttion Plan 

ill be 

Bureau of Outdoor 
LWCF Grants 


The Molledgeville-Baldwin Count 
Recreation Commission has received 
proval of a B.O.R. grant of $132,000 
the acquisition and development 
Baldwin County Park. 


A grant of $81,050.50 to develops 
34 acre county park. 


A grant to develope eight (8) neighbc 
hood recreation areas and equipment. 


A grant of $15,812 to improve exi 
ing 20 acre city park known as Hone 
suckle Park. 


A grant for the acquisition and dev< 
opment of a 12 acre nark. Total gra 


A $13,131.60 grant to improve fit 
existing park sites for outdoor recreatic 


A grant of $26,350 to acquire andl 
develope a seven (7) acre city park. 


A grant of $6,086~additional sum 
the original B.O.R. grant. 


A grant of $20,264 to develope ana 
improve 3 acre city park. 


A grant of $13,000 to develope a 29.1 
acre park previously acquired un 
Federal grant. 


An acquisition and development 

I acres of lai I 
outdoor recreation. 




-rant to develope 6 acres ofl 
property for outdoor recreation 


,974 to develope a teifl 
acre park for outdoor recreation use. 

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y Rhodes, a native of Albany, Georgia is a 
duate of the University of Georgia with a 
. Degree in Recreation. He is currently 
suing a graduate degree in Recreation and 
ks Administration. 

Vlr. Rhodes is completing an assignment 
h the Georgia Recreation Commission as a 
■nber of Governor Carter's Student Intern 

As professionals in the field, we must 
; discipline our time and efforts ac- 
ding to the financial compensation we 
eive. We must endeavor to increase our 
>wledge and skills through perform- 
:e and service to those we serve. If we 

to be referred to as professionals, we 
st face squarely the problems that 
lfront us and our profession. But., this 
not enough. We must be problem 
/ers. New programs and additional 
ids for the Recreation and Park pro- 
>ion is the action which makes sense. 
As we enter a new decade, the future 

the Recreation and Park profession 
Is squarely on my shoulders as well as 
er students. We must have pride in our 
fession and endeavor to advance new 
as and establish new goals. We may 
it to keep these ideas in mind to use as 
deposts for bettering our profession. 
There exists a great urgency to: 

1 . Upgrade our present curriculums 

2. Support and participate in our pro- 
fessional organizations 

3. Extend present programs to meet 
the needs of Senior Citizens, and 111 
and Handicapped and other new 

4. Require mandatory certification 

5. Look and act the part of a profes- 

5. Upgrade salaries and funds for 

additional programs and facilities 
7. Acquire additional Recreation and 

Park lands and facilities 
i. Work toward the establishment of 

the Park-School concept where 

The challenges before us are many. We 
st prepare ourselves to face these 
Uenges. I must ask myself, will I be 
pared to meet them? Will you? 


How many times have we stopped and asked ourselves such questions as, Why did 1 
choose the Recreation and Park Profession? What do I have to offer the field; and, V 
can the field offer me? These questions may sound ave you or I ever 

asked ourselves these most important questii 

I chose this field because of my family background and part-time work experiences 
in the field itself. Working part-time in Boys' Clubs, Y.M.C.A.'s and Recreation and 
Parks Departments, I sensed a need for more qualified leaders. Most, if n< the 

programs and facilities I was exposed to were inadequately staffed and funded to 
provide a well-rounded program for all people. Also, because of the opportunity to 
participate in Governor Jimmy Carter's 1971 Internship Program with the Georgia 
Recreation Commission, I have been further exposed to the problems of the Recreation 
and Park profession. There is a definite need for more professional leadership and 
additional funds from local governments. This is evidenced by the fact that present 
salaries and facilities are inadequate to meet the present needs for qualified professional 
leadership and services. 





000 for park develop- 


')0 for outdoor re, 


A park develop- 


A j quisition of a 


,500 open space grant for park 


A .790 to acquire open 


A $40,000 for acquisiton of 



JAMES F. MANESS, graduate of Clemson 
University with a degree in Recreation and Park 
Administration has joined the Cobb County 
Park and Recreation Department as Director of 
Shaw Park. 

Mr. Maness's home town in Annandale, 

AMINERS? If not apply today. Write: 
i Recre;i 166 

Pryor Street, S.W., Atlanta. 


Mary E. Fortune, PhD., will join the Recreation Curriculum faculty at Georgia Southern 

n September 1st. Dr. Fortune, recently a member of the faculty at Virginia 

h University has taught for seven years at the University of North 

the University of North Carolina, she coordinated the master's 

im in Therapeutic Recreation. Dr. Fortune's undergraduate degree is from Shorter 


Holding membership in a variety of progessional organizations, including NRPA, SPRE, 

has served as a member of the Board o f Directors of NRTS and 

(t the P '1 Standards Committee of the Organization. She was an 

active contributor to the Therapeutic Section of the North Carolina Recreation and 


at Georg ge, Dr. Fortune will coordinate the recreation therapy 

Recreation Curriculum. Welcome to Georgia, Mary! 


>f Engineers announced recently that visits to the Corps 
i 7.5 per cent over the record year 1 

7 ,000 visits recorded, an increase 

ea ranked as follows: 



Hill >00 



The DeKalb County Parks and Recrea- 
lion Department through the '"Legacy 
Parks" program has acquired 207 acres 
Federal surplus land for recreation a 
park purpose. The land is a part of I 
former U.S. Penitentiary Honor Farm. 


Valdosta and Lowndes County has 
established a legal Recreation Com- 
mission and initiated a summer recreation 
program. The Commission is now study- 
ing the possibility of beginning a fulltime 


The voters of Tattnall County recently 
passed a $55,000 bond issue for the 
construction of a golf course. 


The City of Cartersville and Bartow 
County have combined their efforts to 
strengthen the recreation and parks pro- 


Bull Creek Watershed has been named 
the outstanding small watershed in the 
United States by the National Watershed 


The Cobb County Recreation and 
Parks Department's "Barefoot Sailing 
Club" newsletter is an interesting pro- 
gram activity of the department. The 
Club is an affiliate of the department. 


The City of Atlanta Department of 
Parks and Recreation recently received a 
Recreation Support grant of $142,000 
from the U.S. Department of Labor to 
expand and enrich recreation programs 
for children eight through thirteen. 


Pickens County elected officials have 
established a legal recreation commission 
to direct their recreation and park activi- 


Clayton Junior College has established 
an advisory committee of outstanding 
persons representing the recreation, park 
and youth serving agencies to assist in 
curriculum development. 

^GC/teatiOR in Qeo/tgia 


/ol. 5, No. 2 

Published by the Georgia Recreation Commission 

December 1971 


UtX29 1971 

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February 28-29, 1972 

Recreation & Park Directors 

Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia 

April 9-12, 1972 

Southern Recreation & Park 
Conference, Mobile, Alabama 


"Recreation in Georgia" 
publication of the Georgia Recreation Commis- 
sion, Trinity-Washington Building, 270 Wash- 
ington Street, S.W., Room 703, Atlanta, 
Georgia 30334 - Telephone: 656-2790 

JOHN H. DAVIS-Executive Director 

JAMES A. COLLEY-Deputy Executive Director 

LONICE BARRETT-Assistant Director 

THAD STUDSTILL-Assistant Director 

DR. HAROLD D. MEYER-Consultant 

Commission Members 

LUKE L. RUSHTON, Chairman 

Young Harris 

JAMES E. BROWN, Vice Chairman 





East Point 












Richmond County 

Cover Cartoon Credit: Nancie O'Sultivan 
Staff Artist, Bureau of Business and 
Economic Research, Georgia State 

James A. Coiley 
Deputy Executive Director 
Georgia Recreation Commission 

Local, State and Federal governments are undergoing significant changes in their 
governmental structures. These changes are referred to by many individuals as 
CONSOLIDATION or REORGANIZATION. Regardless of the phraseology used in 
describing these changes, it is readily apparent that recreation, parks and conservation 
agencies will be involved. The consolidation and reorganization of these services is 
predicated upon the concept that the people can better be served, at less cost, through a 
homogenous grouping of related services. In most instances, only time will prove the 
truth or fallacy of this assumption. 

The Federal and State governments have perhaps been the moving force in initiating 
various degrees of governmental restructuring. President Nixon, earlier in the Congres- 
sional session, proposed far-reaching reorganization of the Federal Government and the 
consolidation of several cabinet level departments. Governor Jimmy Carter has proposed 
reorganization of Georgia's state government whereby some thirty-six (36) recreation, 
park and conservation agencies would be merged into one agency. 

The effect of the Federal and State reorganization proposals will be profound on 
local government officials. They will serve as a "stimuli" for local officers to take a long 
hard look into the reorganization or consolidation of their own recreation, park and 
conservation agencies. The impact can already be seen in the action of local 
governments. Columbus and Muscogee County has taken the most far-reaching action of 
any Georgia County when the voters approved the total consolidation of city and 
county governments into the consolidated "City of Columbus." This mandate by the 
voters gave approval for consolidation of the entire recreation and park functions of the 
previous city and county departments. This meant not only reorganization of the 
administrative framework of the department but also the consolidation of budgets, 
personnel and facilities. 

The City of Augusta and Richmond County has approached the consolidation issue 
from a different standpoint. The voters disapproved consolidation of the two 
governmental units so the elected officials moved forth to consolidate the city and 
county recreation and park departments into a county-wide system. Plans call for the 
county to assume full financial responsibility of the operation over a period of two years. 

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has reorganized their separate 
recreation and park functions into one major department of county government, under 
a single administrator. This is in keeping with a trend recognized throughout the 

Macon and Bibb County has a joint financial arrangement for the provision of 
recreation and park services with perhaps an eye to future consolidation of 

In the days and months ahead, there is every indication that more of Georgia's local 
government will pursue consolidation/reorganization of their recreation and park 
services. The methods may range from total consolidation of two separate governments 
to simply reorganization/consolidation of recreation and park services with one or two 
units of government. 

The demand for comprehensive recreation and park services has become so extensive 
and the cost so great that city and county governments cannot afford to adequately 
support fragmented efforts and duplication of these services. 

Additionally, a factor in reorganization and consolidation has been that the 
"average" taxpayer is no longer concerned with which governmental unit provides the 
service or under what title it operates but simply that he receive quality recreation and 
park services for the least cost. 

The challenge to the recreation and park profession is to view each reorganization/ 
consolidation proposal on its own merit. If the proposal is to eliminate duplication and 
insure greater econonomy and efficiency to the taxpayer without diluting recreation 
and park service, then such a reorganization/consolidation proposal is worthy of the 
"pros" support. If the proposal, however, is simply a "money saving" device with little 
or no regard to the enhancement of services to the people, the proposal should be 

(continued on page 6) 

here presently are 11 Recreation majors attending Kennesaw Junior College. This photo shows 
everal of the students (L-R) Jan Brown, Polly Couey, Janet Lowe, Eddie Coppola, David Wooten 
nd Debbie Day. 

DR. E. TOBY HOPPER has assumed the 
position of Assistant Professor at Kennesaw 
Junior College and is heading up the recreation 
curriculum there. She holds a doctorate degree 
from the University of Alabama and has taught 
at Judson College, Marion, Alabama. 

DMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACHIEVES RESULTS. Green acres playground located in 
jG range and Troup County is the culmination of efforts by numerous groups to provide recreation 
>portunities for residents of this community. Involved in the project was the Lindsey Street Civic 
ub, the City of LaGrange, C & S Bank of LaGrange, the Callaway Foundation, Inc., and Troup 
junty Recreation Department. Present for the dedication ceremony of the fine facility were: (L-R) 
II Ottinger, C & S Bank of Atlanta; Edwin Gore of the LaGrange City Council; Fuller E. Callaway, 
. and Mrs. Callaway of the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation; George Harris, Troup County Parks and 
fl jcreation Director and Tommy Morgan, Vice President of the C & S Bank of LaGrange, Georgia. 


When Athens was selected to be one of 
the nation's Model Cities, many ideas 
crossed the minds of local officials of 
situations that would benefit the com- 

Residents of particular areas of the 
city were to be able to experience acceler- 
ated programs which would improve or 
establish opportunities for employment, 
education, welfare, physical improve- 
ments, and recreation. 

There were to be the usual long lists of 
regulations and limitations, as with most 
funding programs, but once the hurdles 
are cleared, definite benefits will have 
come forth. 

The area of recreation has already 
begun to experience some of the genuine 
benefits through job opportunities for 
some citizens; some additional recrea- 
tional facilities, which the entire city is 
badly in need of; and some programs 
which provide new, increased or unusual 
opportunities, for the Model Neighbor- 
hood resident. In addition to the eight 
regular recreation leaders working exclu- 
sively in the designated Model Neighbor- 
hood Area, nineteen additional staff 
members are currently employed with 
Model Cities funds. Their various posi- 
tions include an Assistant Director in 
charge of the Model Neighborhood Area; 
supervisors; center leaders; specialists; and 
recreation leader aides. 

The magnitude of this contribution 
can be realized when it is considered that 
there were only two other paid recreation 
activities leaders serving the rest of the 
City during September. Since then two 
other part-time employees have been 

Some facilities which have already 
been developed included two recreation 
buildings, at Riverside and Hillside Parks; 
a swimming pool at Rocksprings;land fill 
at Riverside to improve the athletic field; 
and playground apparatus at several sites 
for the younger children. However, the 
largest contribution is currently in the 
hands of architects. This, of course, is the 
two community centers which have been 
approved and are in the works. These two 
complete facilities will be the first of 
their kind for the City of Athens. They 
will have gymnasium/auditoriums, meet- 
ing rooms, special activities rooms, of- 
fices, the whole works. 

(Continued on page 8) 


Director of Recreation 

Richmond County 


South Georgia College— The 2 year recrea- 
tion leadership curriculum at South 
Georgia Junior College has an enrollment 
of 35 students. The new recreation and 
park program was initiated in September, 
1971. Steve Coe heads the curriculum. 
Kennesaw Junior College— Kennesaw Col- 
lege's Recreation curriculum has 1 1 stu- 
dents enrolled in the program. The pro- 
gram is directed by Dr. E. Toby Hopper. 
Georgia Southern College— Georgia 
Southern College reports an enrollment 
of 142 graduate and undergraduate stu- 
dents in the recreation administration 
program. This enrollment represents the 
largest recreation and park curriculum in 
Georgia. Dr. H. Douglas Leavitt heads the 
Division of Recreation and Physical Edu- 

University of Georgia— Georgia's recrea- 
tion and park program has 85 undergrad- 
uates, 16 graduate students and eight 
doctoral students. The University is the 
only institution in Georgia to offer a 
doctoral degree in recreation and park 

The Department of Parks and Recrea- 
tion at Georgia is headed by James R. 


On September 1, 1971, City Council of Augusta and the Board of Commissioners of 
Richmond County merged their separate Recreation Departments into one county-wide 
Recreation and Parks Department. 

After earlier efforts to consolidate the departments failed, and an attempt to 
consilidate the two local governments was defeated in a referendum held on May 25, 
1971, responsible city and county officials met and began negotiating the terms of an 
agreement which would combine the park and recreation function and hopefully tend 
to prove that consolidation can work. 

Under terms of the agreement, Richmond County leased for one dollar per year all 
properties and facilities owned and previously used by the City of Augusta for 
recreation purposes. 

This includes all parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, and the Municipal 

Excluded from the agreement is the city-owned golf course that is operated by a 
private individual through a lease agreement with the City. 

According to the contract, the City will contribute to Richmond County all funds 
budgeted to the city recreation department and the auditorium but unexpended at the 
end of the this fiscal year. 

In 1972, the City of Augusta's contribution to recreation will be two-thirds of its 
1971 recreation and auditorium budget, and in 1973, one-third of its 1971 budget. 

In 1974, Richmond County will assume all financial responsibility for the 

Mr. George S. McElveen, Director of Richmond County Recreation and Parks since it 
was established in 1966, was appointed to head the new department. Mrs. Myrtis Deas, 
previously Director of City Recreation, is serving as Administrative Assistant. 

The Georgia Recreation Commission has played a major role in the reorganization of 
the new agency as has the National Recreation and Park Association. 

Mr. John Davis, Executive Director of the Georgia Commission, and Mr. Roger 
Bjown, Director, Southern Region Service Center, National Recreation and Park 
Association, have been very active in the organization of the newly created department. 
Both Mr. Davis and Mr. Brown have provided enthusiastic support and assistance to 
Richmond County in the development of comprehensive recreation programs. 

A Master Plan for recreation is currently being drawn by J. Thomas Swinea and 
Associates, a consultant firm under contract to the Richmond County Board of 

Mr. Swinea performed the study upon which consolidation of the departments was 
based and prepared the agreement adopted by the City and County Governments, which 
merged the two departments. 

Complete organizational plans have not been finalized, but new service programs 
have been initiated and an extensive preventive maintenance program is underway. 

The Director of the department is currently evaluating personnel, facilities, and 
programs, as well as job descriptions, wage scales, and personnel assignments. 

The entire County has been divided into three General Service Districts and District 
Supervisors have been appointed. 

Existing staff members are being utilized for all assignments and a comprehensive 
in-service training program is planned to begin in January of 1972. 

We believe tnat this is a positive step and one which required courage on the part of 
local officials. It demonstrates the necessity to minimize vested interests and to 
implement changes which are thought to be in the best interest of the public. 

Do not co. demn the judgment of 
another because it differs from your own. 
You may both be wrong. 


The Recreation & Park 
Convention Camera 

no outstanding leaders in Georgia — one a pro and the other a layman 
were honored for their contributions to the park, recreation, and 
inservation movement, and, in particular, the Chattahoochee River, at 
e Annual Conference in Macon. Lou Greathouse, left, and State 
snator Robert Walling of DeKalb County were cited for their dynamic 
adership in fostering an awareness for the scenic rivers system of 

GRPS Lay Awards were presented to these outstanding Lay Leaders at 
the Lay Awards Banquet which officially opened the 27th Annual GRPS 
Conference. (L-R) Mayor Julius Bishop, Athens; Virgil Whitaker, Warner 
Robins; Harold T. Hudgins, Decatur; Mrs. Amalie C. Graves, Clarksville; 
William A. Bowen, Statesboro; Edward Chaney, Douglas; Ed. R. Seay, 
Cobb County; Lawson Yow, Cobb County; Senator Bob Walling, DeKalb 
County, and Bob Wade, Macon. 

chard B. Jones, Director of the Community Development Corporation of the Citizens and 
uthern National Bank of Georgia, is shown commenting on the Community Service Award which 
s presented to his corporation at the 27th Annual Georgia Recreation and Park Society 
inference in Macon. (L-R) Richard Dimingos, Macon C & S Bank; William F. Ottinger, Public 
fairs Department, C & S Bank; Fred Morgan, Administrative Assistant, Atlanta Park and 
creation Department and Mr. Jones, Citizens and Southern Bank; were honored for their support 
recreation and park development through their "Spring Swing to Playgrounds" program. 

Recreation and Park Society was presented to 
Charles C. Clegg, Assistant Professor of 
Recreation and Parks for the University of 
Georgia. Jim Colley (left) Chairman of the 
Awards Committee, made the presentation to 
the Recipient, Clegg (right), at the 1971 
Recreation and Park Conference Banquet. 





The City of Athens and the Athens 
Recreation Department named a 32 acre 
park in honor of Ben W. Burton, Athens 
Division Vice President for Georgia Power 
Company. The land was donated to the 
city by Georgia Power Company to be 
used for park purposes. The park area 
stretches almost a half-mile along the 
Oconee River. 


The Warner Robins Recreation Depart- 
ment's winter schedule appears as a Who's 
Who of Activities for the citizens of the 
City. Activities are available for all age 
groups and range from sewing classes, 
needle work, boxing, drill teams competi- 
tion to full scale athletic competition. 


The newly established Recreation and 
Park Department of Rockdale has submit- 
ted with approval of Commissioner 
Bobby Brisendine, an application to the 
Bureau of Outdoor Recreation for devel- 
opment of the County's first park. The 
park plan calls for development of the 
area into a multi-use outdoor complex. 


The Master Plan for Parks and Recrea- 
tion for Clayton County has been offi- 
cially adopted by the Clayton County 
Commissioners. The extensive recreation 
and park plan is presently being discussed 
with various citizen and civic groups 
within the county for the purpose of 
receiving reaction, input and support 
from Clayton County taxpayers. It is 
expected that a bond referendum will be 
held during the coming months for the 
purpose of obtaining financial means with 
which to implement the plan. 

DALE BARNES, a 1971 graduate of the 
University of Georgia, has been employed as 
Program Director of the Hall County Parks and 
Recreation Department. 

David L. Dugan, Director of Parks and Recrea- 
tion for the City of Athens received his 
doctoral degree in Recreation Education from 
the University of Georgia in August. Dr. Dugan 
is one of the first students to receive the degree 
from the University. 

Dr. Dugan is a native of Stanford, Connecticut 
and has been a resident of Georgia since 1952. 
His professional experiences span eighteen years 
in the field where he has held positions from 
Recreation Center Leader to his present posi- 
tion as Director of the Athens Department. 
Congratulations to Dr. David L. Dugan. 



Individuals desiring to apply for posi- 
tions in the Job Mart should apply 
directly to the Agency which has the 
opening. The Georgia Recreation Com- 
mission maintains a personnel service file 
for reference to prospective employers. 
The Commission will be happy to keep 
your credentials on file upon request. 


(Salary $8,500) 

Qualifications: Preferably a BS Degree in 
Recreation, Park or Conservation. 

Practical experience may be substituted 

for degree. 

Contact: Vernon Martin, Ex. Dir. 
Coastal APDC 
P.O.Box 1316 
Brunswick, Ga. 31520 


THE CITY DUMP of today may be- 
come the recreation area of tomorrow. It 
has already happened in Decatur, Ala- 
bama, where a 40 acre dumpsite was 
converted into a facility with an enclosed 
swimming pool, six tennis courts, four 
baseball diamonds plus parking area. 


The September 1971 Issue of Recrea- 
tion in Georgia incorrectly listed the title 
of the Sylvania-Screven County Recrea- 
tion Department as the Sylvania Depart- 
ment. The department is jointly 
sponsored by the City of Sylvania and the 
County of Screven. 

( continued from page 2) 

opposed. This means that the recreation and park professional in Georgia must assume a 
leading role in any proposal that affects the provision of recreation, park and 
conservation service. He must approach consolidation and reorganization with an open 
mind and work to insure a plan that will achieve a better and more efficient operation. 
With the professional input of recreation and park "pros" working cooperatively with 
the political structure for the public good, the result can be a better delivery system of 
recreation and park services for all Georgians. 


bureau of Outdoor 
.WCF Grants 


A BOR grant of $204,026 has been 
pproved for Bartow County to develop 
47 acres of land leased from the U.S. 
orps of Engineers. Development will 
iclude camping, picnicking, tennis 
ourts, tot lots, beach improvement, boat 
imp, nature trails and other outdoor 
^creation developments. 


DeKalb County Recreation and Parks 
'epartment has been approved for a 
rant of $342,500 for the purchase of 
00 acres of land for Outdoor Recrea- 
on. The project consists of an area 
nown as "Arabia Mountain" which is a 
sologic formation similar to Stone 
fountain. The area will be used for 
iking, picnicking and camping. 


The City of Macon has been approved 
>r a grant of $58,240 to acquire 34.6 
;res of land to be used for general 
arpose outdoor recreation. A second 
ant of $31,980 was approved to pur- 
lase an additional 18 acres of land. 


A grant of $66,300 to acquire 22.3 
:res of land including facilities for neigh- 
jrhood and community type recreation 
nd, par 3 golf course, softball field, 
ncing and parking. 


A $51,850 grant to develop 5 acres of 
ty property for outdoor recreation use. 
oposed facilities will include play- 
ound equipment, picnic area with shel- 
rs, footbridge, and landscaping. 


The Recreation Department has re- 
vived a BOR grant of $64,047 for 
ivelopment of a 25 acre sports complex, 
evelopment will include five (5) mini- 

d irks for Jesup, Screven, Odum, and 

i ardi. 



Tom Boyles has been appointed by the Augus- 
ta-Richmond County Parks and Recreation 
Department as District Two Supervisor of the 
newly merged City and County Departments. 

Fred Morgan was recently promoted to the 
position of Administrative Assistant for the 
Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department. He 
is a graduate of Clarke College and has been 
employed in the Atlanta Department for the 
past ten years. His most recent position with 
the department was that of Supervisor. 


apply today. Write: Board of Recreation 
Examiners, 166 Pryor Street, S.W., 

GERALD BLACKBURN is the new Di- 
rector of Recreation for the City of 
Cumming, Georgia. 

SUSAN KRAUSE has resigned as Service 
Club Director at Fort Stewart Georgia. 

BILL FITE, Recreation Director for 
Douglasville-Douglas County was recently 
featured in an Atlanta Journal article 
concerning his baseball accomplishments 
in 1968 as Italy's top baseball star. 

GENE CAMP has taken military leave 
from the Clayton Co. Parks and Recrea- 
tion Department to complete his military 
obligation with the U.S. Army. 

GORDON DELO has resigned as Director 
of Parks and Recreation for the City of 

FRANK SPENCE, Athletic Director for 
the DeKalb County Parks and Recreation 
Department has resigned to accept a 
position of Director of Camp Develop- 
ment with the Atlanta Braves. 

OLIN CREDLE has been appointed Ac- 
tivities Director for the Statesboro Re- 
creation Department. He is a 1971 gradu- 
ate of Georgia Southern College. 

ALLEN R. COGGINS has been appointed 
by the Georgia Department of State Parks 
to the position of Naturalist. He will 
spend most of his time at the newly 
acquired Panola Mountain State Park and 
Providence Canyon. 

EMMETT SCOTT, a graduate of Georgia 
Southern College has assumed the posi- 
tion of Athletic Director for the Marietta 
Parks and Recreation Department. 

MICKEY LITTLEFIELD has assumed the 
position of Athletic Director at the Col- 
lege Park Recreation and Parks De- 


Athens Recreation and Park Department has begun the publication of a monthly 
newsletter for the department. The newsletter, Living During Leisure, is an effort by the 
department to inform the citizens of Athens of the programs and activities of the 
department. Copies of this excellent newsletter may be secured by writing to Dr. David 
Dugan, Director, Athens Recreation and Park Department, Memorial Park, Athens, 
Georgia 30601. 





ULU29 1971 

The Department of Recreatiftn and 
Park Administration of the Univejsity of LIBRARIES 
Georgia and the School of Bnsirfos are 
co-sponsoring with the National 
Recreation and Park Association a two 
year course for recreation and park ad- 
ministrators. The course will be held Jan. 
20 - Feb. 4, 1972. The institute is 
limited to fifty participants and the fee 
has been established at $225 per adminis- 

The purpose of the institute is to 
provide experienced administrators an op- 
portunity for intensive study of manage- 
ment technology and practice under the 
direction of outstanding authorities in the 
management field. Further information 
concerning the institute may be secured 
by writing to Professor Charles C. Clegg, 
Recreation Consultant, Recreation and 
Park Administration, 203 Dudley Hall, 
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 


Failure should be our teacher, not our 

It should challenge us to new heights 
of accomplishments, not pull us to new 
depths of despair. 

Failure is delay, but not defeat. 

It is a temporary detour, not a dead- 
end street. 

William Arthur Ward 

(Continued from page 3) 

One of the facilities will be con- 
structed near Lyndon House in a central 
location, while the other will adjoin the 
East Athens School. 

A total of $759,598.00 was commit- 
ted to recreation during the first year of 
Model Cities. This is money considered to 
be well invested, with results already 
being seen. 

Living Durirg Leisure 

Volume 1 , Number 1 

Athens Parks and Recreation De- 

Southern Railroad representative, Jerry L. Townsend, left, is shown presenting a plat to the 20 acre 
tract of land in Gwinnett County Commissioner Ray Gunnin. Gunnin resides in the Pinkneyville 
District which, last year, approved a referendum calling for Georgia's first taxing district for 

A gift from Southern Railway of 20 acres of land in the Norcross area will be 
developed into Gwinnett County's first county park, County Commissioner Ray W. 
Gunnin said recently. The land is valued at over $120,000. 

Gunnin said he will file application with the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation for 
federal funds to construct immediately a family park and playground with a swimming 
pool, baseball and football fields, tennis courts and other playground facilities on the 

The new park will be located on Old Rockbridge Road near the Norcross city limit. 
It was a part of Southern Railway's Norcross-Southern Industrial Park and will border 
the Industrial Park on the north. 

In announcing the donation of the land, Southern President W. Graham Clayton, Jr., 
said: "The proudest moments for Southern Railway are those when the railroad 
participates in the total development of the communities it serves. In that tradition, 
Southern is pleased to donate this property to Gwinnett County and thereby become a 
part of its recreational development." 

Gunnin said the people of Gwinnett County "are indeed grateful to Mr. Clayton and 
Southern Railway for making it possible for us to develop a park in this area for the 
some 12,000 citizens who reside near it." 

He added: "It will be the first of what we hope will be many such recreation areas 
throughout Gwinnett County, and we will always remember that Southern Railway 
made the first one possible. 

Gunnin said a name honoring Southern will ultimately be chosen for the park. 


The National Recreation and Park Association, through its Southeastern Regional 
Service Center, will conduct a Federal Aid Institute and Workshop in Atlanta January 
5-7, 1972, at the Quality Hotel Central. The program is co-sponsored by the Atlanta 
Federal Executive Board, University of Georgia, and the Georgia Recreation Commis- 

Fourteen federal agencies will participate in the 2 r A day program to discuss the 
existing programs available for financial assistance and technical assistance in the area of 
parks, recreation, and conservation. Representatives of the agencies will be available to 
provide basic information on the programs and relate the changes that are planned or 
have already taken place in the program. Time will also be available for the delegates to 
have individual interviews with the agency representatives about their own local 
problems or concerns. 

All delegates will be given a workbook on the federal programs that is written in the 
language of a layman. This will provide a ready reference after the delegates return 

The registration fee for the Institute and Workshop will be $20.00, and includes two 
meals, coffee breaks, and notebook. Advance registration is requested and forms for 
registration and hotel reservation may be obtained by writing the National Recreation 
and Park Association, Southeastern Service Center, 557 First National Bank Building, 
Decatur, Georgia 30030, or calling area code 404/378-1556. 

^cc/teation in Geo/tgia 

'ol.5. No. 3 

Published by the Georgia Recreation Commission 

March, 1972 

lim Colley 






JO m 

JAMES A. COLLEY has subn»*W?I I us resignation from the Georgia Recreation 
Commission effective March 31st to become Assistant Professor of Recreation and Parks 
at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. At V.P.I., Mr. Colley will be 
associated with the Extension Division and will function as its recreation and park 
consultant in serving the planning districts of Virginia, local governments and the 
various park and recreation requests from local extension agents. 

Mr. Colley, a native of Alabama, came to Georgia in 1962 and served as Director of 
Recreation and Parks for the City of Douglas until 1965 when he accepted a position 
with the Georgia Recreation Commission as an Assistant Director. In 1967 he was 
named Deputy Executive Director, a position he held until his resignation. 

A graduate of Samford University, he took a partial leave in 1969 and successfully 
pursued a Master's Degree at the University of Georgia in Recreation and Park 
Administration. He plans to work toward a doctorate at V.P.I. 

During his ten years of service in Georgia, Mr. Colley has been actively engaged in 
professional activities. In 1968 he served as President of the Georgia Recreation and 
Park Society and in 1969 he reached the apex of his professional career when he was 
presented the Professional GRPS Award for outstanding professional achievement. 

He currently serves on the organization's Board of Trustees and is Vice-President of 
the Recreation Section of the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education and 
Recreation. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of 
the American Park and Recreation Society. 

Notable contributions in the area of writing and research include serving as Editor of 
the Commission's "Recreation In Georgia" since 1966 and Editor of "The Georgia 
Recreator", official magazine of the Georgia Recreation and Park Society. 

Jim and his wife, the former Gayle Smitherman, and their son, Mike, and 
daughter, Pene, will move to Blacksburg this summer. Although Mr. Colley will report 
for official duties at V.P.I, on April 3rd, his family will remain at their home in Conyers 
until Mrs. Colley completes her teaching duties in early June. 


JIM COLLEY came to Georgia as a near neophyte in this field ten years ago. His 
growth as a professional has been incredible, and, today he ranks high among those who 
have made the most noteworthy and lasting contributions in this field in our state. 
Needless to say, he will be sorely missed. 

Not only does his departure create a big vacuum in this agency's work force bul also 
il makes a loss to the professional ranks oi this state that will be difficult to overcome. 
Jim has been unselfish and unstinting in his work for the good of the profession. I lieu- 
are a limited few who are willing to sacrifice in the pursuance of professional 
performance, as he has done. 

In spite of all this - in spite of our regrets that he has chosen to leave the state; let us 
wish him and his family well and take pleasure in the indelible impact that he has left 
and the numerous contributions he has made. We are better as a profession because Jim 
Colley came our way. 



April 9-12, 1972 

Southern Recreation & Park 
Conference, Mobile, Alabama 

November 8-10 

State Conference on 

Parks and Recreation 


"Recreation in Georgia" 
publication of the Georgia Recreation Commis- 
sion, Trinity-Washington Building, 270 Wash- 
ington Street, S.W., Room 703, Atlanta, 
Georgia 30334 - Telephone: 656-2790 

JOHN H. DAVIS-Exeuctive Director 

JAMES A COLLEY-Deputy Executive Director 

LONICE BARRETT-Assistant Director 

THAD STUDSTILL-Assistant Director 

DR. HAROLD D. MEYER-Consultant 

Commission Members 

LUKE L. RUSHTON, Chairman 

Young Harris 

JAMES E. BROWN, Vice Chairman 





East Point 












Richmond County 

By 1990, the United States could 
maintain the same national product 
with a 20 hour, four day work week, 
or a 40 hour work week with retire- 
ment at the age of 38. Either way, this 
indicates a revolution in leisure time. 
(Source: National Association of Busi- 
ness Economists) 


"Recreation With A Religious Impact" will be the theme for one of the first 
statewide Church Recreation Training Seminars ever held in Georgia when the Georgia 
Recreation Commission sponsors a Church Recreation Seminar, April 17th and 18th. 
This Seminar will be conducted at Rehoboth Baptist Church which is located on U.S. 29 
just off 1-285 near Tucker, Georgia. 

The Seminar is planned for several specific groups of people rather than just the 
church staff. In addition to the full-time, paid church staff personnel, the interests of 
the Recreation Committee members or those serving as advisors to various church 
recreation or activity programs are also being incorporated into the overall Seminar 
program. And, finally, specialized areas such as Arts and Crafts, Drama and Sports will 
be included which should appeal to still another interest segment. 

Among the outstanding speakers and resource people who will be participating in the 
workshop will be Reverend William Self, Pastor of Wieuca Road Baptist Church in 
Atlanta, who will deliver the Monday night keynote address; Leon Mitchell, Recreation 
Consultant, Sunday School Board, Nashville, Tennessee; Dr. Richard Graham, Professor 
of Music, University of Georgia; Miss Madelyn Summers, Arts and Crafts Director, 
Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department; and Mrs. Edna Raley, Drama and Play 
Production Director, First Baptist Church, Augusta. 

One of the highlights of the Seminar will be an Arts and Crafts Technique Clinic 
planned for Monday, April 17th, 1:30—5:30 P.M. Representatives of major supply 
houses will be on hand to actually teach the various arts and crafts techniques. Madelyn 
Summers will coordinate this clinic. 

Churches of all denominations throughout the state are being encouraged to send 
representatives to the Seminar whether they presently have a designated church 
recreation program or not. Many churches throughout Georgia are sponsoring church 
programs which contain many of the components of a church recreation program (i.e., 
RA's, Day Camps, Senior Citizen Clubs, Banquets, Drama Productions, Special Events), 
but they do not consider themselves to actually conduct a church recreation program. 

Included among the Seminar topics will be: Music In Recreation, Drama and Play 
Production, Sports and Games, Recruitment of Lay Leadership, Quality Programming 
With Limited Facilities, Camping and Retreats, Recreation Programming For Families, 
Teens, Children and Senior Adults, Banquets-Parties-Fellowships, Arts and Crafts, and 
Organization and Methods In Church Recreation. 

Registration fee is $6.50 per person which includes a banquet function on Monday 
evening and a box lunch on Tuesday. 

Persons desiring additional information or registration blanks can write: Georgia 
Recreation Commission, 270 Washington St., S.W., Room 703, Atlanta, Georgia 30334. 

Rev. William Self is Pastor of the Wieuca Road 
Baptist Church in Atlanta. He is a dynamic 
speaker who is respected not only in Atlanta 
and Georgia, but also has gained national 
prominence while serving as Minister of the 
3800 member Atlanta church. Wieuca Road 
Baptist Church has an outstanding Church 
Recreation Ministry of its own. 

Leon Mitchell is Recreation Consultant to the 
Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist 
Convention, Nashville, Tennessee. He is well- 
known throughout the south, and has led 
numerous church recreation leadership con- 
ferences. Mr. Mitchell will conduct several 
workshops during the Church Recreation Semi- 
nar in Atlanta, April 17 and 18. 


Clayton Junior College in Morrow will 
dd an associate degree for Recreation 
pecialists to its roster of two-year career 
rognms beginning this summer, Dr. 
.very Harvill, associate professor of 
h'ysical education has announced. 

Approval of the new career program 
ime at the February meeting of the 
oard of Regents. 

According to Harvill, the program for 
ecreation Specialists was designed with 
le assistance of a 12-member Advisory 
ommittee drawn from state, metropoli- 
in Atlanta and local county and city 

Included on the committee, which will 
mtinue to work with college officials in 
1 advisory capacity, were representatives 
r the Georgia Parks Department, the 
ate YMCA, the Georgia Recreation 
ommission, the Metropolitan Atlanta 
oy's Club, Grady Memorial Hospital, the 
layton County Parks and Recreation 
epartment, the Mental Health Center of 
layton General Hospital, the Forest Park 
id College Park Recreation Depart- 
ents, and a local nursing home. 

James R. Champlin, Chairman of 
ecreation and Parks Administration at 
ie University of Georgia, acted as con- 
stant, Harvill said. 

The resulting program, Harvill explain- 
1, will prepare paraprofessionals to 
ganize, develop and lead specific recre- 
ion activities; to organize, promote and 
rect assigned portions of a recreation 
ogram; and to manage, issue, maintain 
id use recreation supplies. 

The two-year curriculum comprises 96 
larter hours combining general educa- 
)n courses with specialized courses in 
lysical education and recreation. Stu- 
nts enrolled in the program will be 
quired to complete 10 quarter-hours of 
pervised work experience off-campus, 
irvill added. 

Graduate Recreation Specialists will 
:eive the associate in arts degree of 
ayton Junior College and will be quali- 

d for employment in public and private 
creation facilities, including employ- 
;nt as recreation therapists in hospitals, 
;ntal health units and nursing homes. 

"Part of our work with the Advisory 

tmmittee in formulating the new pro- 

im," Harvill pointed out, "has been to 
1 termine that a real need for Recreation 



Specialists exists in the Atlanta metro- 
politan area and in the state and that 
graduates will find ready employment 
within the community." 

Specialized recreation courses at the 
college will be taught by John Blackburn, 
who holds a master of arts degree in 
recreation and parks administration from 
the University of Georgia. Blackburn join- 
ed the Clayton Junior College faculty this 
fall as instructor of physical education. 

Clayton Junior College, the largest 
state-operated junior college in Georgia, 
offers similar career programs in criminal 
justice, dental hygiene, medical labora- 
tory technology for technicians, nursing, 
teacher assistants and secretarial studies 
in addition to two-year college-transfer 

ment of Physical Education at Clayton College. 
The Recreation Curriculum will be under Dr. 
Harvill's direction. 


Recreation is not being idle; it 


easing the wearied part by change 



BOBBY SAYLORS has joined the Cobb 
Park and Recreation Department as a 
community Recreation Director. He is a 
graduate of Clemson University. 

JIMMY MEDLIN, a student at Georgia 
Southern College, is doing his internship 
at the Dublin Park and Recreation De- 

RON NIX, a student at Georgia South- 
western College, is interning with the 
Macon Recreation Department. 

^T- H" *P V *F '!• 

KENNETH D. PERRY has joined the 
Jesup-Wayne County Park and Recreation 
Department as Athletic Director. He is a 
graduate of Appling County High School 
in Baxley, Ga. 


Mayors, park and recreation, and law 
enforcement officials from throughout 
the United States will meet in St. Louis, 
Missouri, May 15-17, 1972, in a national 
forum on public safety in the use of parks 
and public recreation facilities. 

Problems to be addressed include the 
extent and effects of crime in public 
parks, conflicts between today's life 
styles and current laws governing use of 
recreation facilities; public attitudes and 
the influence of news media; and the 
design and maintenance of public leisure 
areas to discourage criminal activity. 

The forum's objective will be to draft 
guidelines and recommendations that can 
be implemented immediately towards re- 
solving these problems at the local, state 
and national levels. 

The forum will be convened by the 
National Recreation and Park Association 
with the assistance of the Extension 
Division of the University of Missouri, St. 
Louis. The 16,000-member NRPA is the 
non-profit service, research, and educa- 
tional organization dedicated to improv- 
ing the quality of life through better 
recreation and leisure opportunities. 

For registration information write: 
FORUM, National Recreation and Park 
Association, 1601 North Kent Street, 
Arlington, Virginia 22209. 


The Middle Georgia Area has long suffered from the non 
existence of adequate recreation facilities. Until 1969 very few 
outdoor recreation facilities were available to the general 
public. Only certain groups who were fortunate enough to 
afford the high cost of membership in private clubs were 
privileged to enjoy a decent place to spend their leisure time. 

Fortunately a few concerned citizens, and the County 
Commissioners of Bibb County became interested in providing 
the badly needed facilities, not only for the people of Bibb 
County, but for the population of a seven (7) county area in 
Middle Georgia. These few dedicated citizens began planning on 
the gigantic Tobesofkee Project as early as 1952, and the actual 
planning and development of the first phase spanned some 
fifteen (15) years and four (4) Boards of Commissioners. 

The Tobesofkee Watershed Project as it was officially labeled 
was sponsored and financed by Federal, State and Local 
Government Agencies. The bulk of the financing came from the 
United States Department of Agriculture through the Farmers 
Home Administration and Soil Conservation Service. Contribu- 
tions in their respective fields were made by the State Game and 
Fish Commission. Many other Agencies, too many in fact to 
mention separately, provided planning assistance and moral 
support to Bibb County during the development stage of the 
Project. While giving credit where credit is due, Bibb County 
and its Board of Commissioners should head the list for their 
dream and drive was the major factor in providing Middle 
Georgia with this fantastic recreation facility. 

After years of waiting the summer of 1969 brought a new era 
to the outdoor recreation enthusiast of Middle Georgia. A small 
creek flowing through unproductive waste land had been 
transformed into a beautiful lake of 1750 acres, six miles long 
with an irregular shore line of 35 miles. Tracts of land totaling 
more than 600 acres had been acquired and partially developed 
into Parks with the most modern facilities. A new Department 
was created by resolution of the Bibb County Commissioners, 
and charged with the responsibility of operating and maintain- 
ing the complex facility. With new Parks and a new staff the 
project was now open to the public and 206,000 visitors spent 
some of their leisure time at Tobesofkee the first year. 



LARRY WILSON, Area Director of 
Tobesofkee, is a native of Crisp 
County. He has been associated with 
Tobesofkee for the past six years. 




The second year of operation saw 238,000 visitors and today 
dth a projection of 300,000 visitors for this year we find 
ui selves involved in an expansion program to upgrade our 
xisting facilities and provide new additions for the ever 
lcreasing number of recreation minded people. 

Tobesofkee offers a wide variety of activities for all ages. One 
an fcnjoy picnicking, hiking, boating, skiing, fishing, camping, 
dimming or spend an afternoon lounging in the sun on the 
indy beaches. Each of the camp-sites are provided with water 
nd electrical outlets, picnic tables and charcoal grills. Comfort 
tations with all of the modern conveniences are located in each 
ampground. Restrooms, picnic shelters and concession facilities 
re conveniently located throughout the Parks for easy access, 
ome areas in each of the Parks have been left in their natural 
:ate in an effort to maintain the scenic beauty of the natural 
oodlands and provide cover for the decreasing numbers of 
ildlife native to this area. 

Some of the future developments will include additional 
avilions, miniature and regulation golf, bike trails, cabins and a 
oo area for native Georgia animals. These additions along with 
le facilities already in use should provide Bibb County with 
ne of the finest well rounded outdoor recreation areas in the 

As the size of the project has increased so has the staff. As of 
lis writing Tobesofkee maintains a staff of fourteen (14) 
srmanent employees supplemented by thirty (30) high school 
id college students during the summer months. The staff is 
uly dedicated to the cause and have become obsessed with the 
esire to provide a peaceful and secure atmosphere around 
holesome outdoor recreation activities. 

Developed as a pilot project at a cost of five (5) million 
Dllars, Tobesofkee has been viewed by many as a facility that 
lould be reproduced in many areas of the country. Naturally, 
e think that Tobesofkee is the greatest. But occasionally we 
'Ok to the future in an effort to predict what might be in store 
>r us. Often we concern ourselves with the ever increasing 
amber of people who visit our area, and in doing so ask 
irselves some of the following questions. Should we even 
mcern ourselves with trying to accommodate the masses? 
lould we develop every square foot of land for maximum use? 
Jiould we sacrifice scenic beauty, and peace of mind for a 
mcrete and asphalt surface? Where should we stop? 

If the decision is made to continue development possibly to a 
)int where one can no longer spend a leisure hour in an 
mosphere of secure peace and scenic beauty then, WHY 





The Park Maintenance Workshop, 
scheduled March 22-24 in Atlanta at the 
Executive Park Motor Hotel, needs your 
attendance. The Professional Develop- 
ment Committee, chaired by Charles M. 
Graves, has arranged a "topflight" pro- 
gram with outstanding speakers. The em- 
phasis of the workshop is placed on 
athletic fields and other turfed areas. 

Highlights of the program will include 
a presentation by DR. HOWARD E. 
KAERWER, from Minneapolis, Minne- 
sota, who is Manager, Research-Service 
Department of Northrup, King & Co. Dr. 
Kaerwer has traveled extensively through- 
out the United States working with 
forage and turf research projects. During 
the past nine years Dr. Kaerwer has also 
been working in the southern half of the 
country developing and identifying 
grasses to improve the reliability and 
payability of winter greens. He is pre- 
sently on the Board of Directors of the 
Crop Science Society of America, and 
chairman of the Society's division on 
Seed Production and Technology. 

nomist and District Manager of the 
Southeast Region of Northrup, King & 
Co., in Atlanta will assist Dr. Kaerwer. 
Mr. Ellington is working with the Re- 
search-Service Department and is re- 
sponsible for seed quality research and 
quality control throughout the Southeast. 
Mr. Ellington has worked for the past 30 
years in all phases of seed production. 
Their presentation will include informa- 
tion for preparation of seed beds; chemi- 
cal treatment of soil; fertilization; selec- 
tion of grasses; and seed mixtures. 

Athens, Georgia, will discuss further in- 
formation on turfed areas, their prepara- 
tion and maintenance. He will specifically 
relate to golf courses, their fairways and 
greens. Mr. Moncrief is Southern Director 
of the United States Golf Association, 
Green Section. 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is Stadium Man- 
ager at Louisiana State University. Mr. 
Owen has gained nationwide fame and 
recognition for his athletic field develop- 
ment and maintenance. His "Tiger" field 
has been viewed on nationwide television 
and most recently during the LSU-Notre 
Dame Football game. Mr. Owen uses 
artificial coloring to create the beautiful 
and intense green coloring viewed on 
television. Mr. Owen will discuss the 
preparation of soils for athletic fields, and 
the establishment and maintenance of 
turf. (continued page 8) 

GARY BRACEWELL, formerly Program Di 
rector at The Carrollton Recreation Depart- 
ment, has assumed the position of Supervisor of 
Programs and Athletics for the newly establish- 
ed Valdosta Recreation Department. Bracewell 
is a 1970 graduate of Georgia Southern College 
with a B.S. Degree in Recreation. He is a native 
of Tifton. 

TERRY SPENCE, a 1971 graduate of the 
University of Georgia, with a Master's Degree in 
Recreation and Park Administration, has been 
appointed Director of Parks and Recreation for 
Cherokee County. Mr. Spence completed his 
undergraduate work at Clemson and is a native 
of South Carolina. 




CLIFFORD WRIGHT has assumed the position 
of Director of Parks and Recreation for Barnes- 
ville-Lamar County. Wright is a 1971 graduate 
of the University of Georgia with a B.S. Degree 
in Recreation and Park Administration. 

BOB ASH, a 1968 graduate of the University of 
Georgia, has been appointed Director of Parks 
and Recreation for the City of College Park 
succeeding Jimmy Miller. Ash is the father of a 
newly arrived set of twin girls and is a native of 
Walton County. He formerly was Assistant 
Director of the College Park Department. 

JIMMY MILLER, a native of Meridian, Missis- 
sippi and a graduate of the University of 
Southern Mississippi, has been appointed 
Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation for 
Cobb County. Miller has served as Director of 
Parks and Recreation for the City of College 
Park for the past two years. 



The Hall County Parks and Recreation 
epaitment will host the Lake Sidney 
anier World Invitational Bass Fishing 
Durnameni scheduled for March 29, 30, 
id 31. Hal! County's 135 acre Laurel 
irk was selected for the event. The 
■urnament will be the World's richest 
ith a record breaking payoff of 
55,000. The winning fisherman will haul 
'ay from Hall County a purse which 
11 exceed by $5,000 the purse collected 
)m the 1971 World Invitational Bass 

urnament in Sam Rayburn, Texas. The 
5nt is co-sponsored by Project Sports 
:orporated of Irving, Texas and the 
linesville-Hall County Chamber of Com- 
irce. The tournament is expected to 
in national publicity. Writers represent- 
; Sports Illustrated, Field and Stream 
d other outdoor oriented magazines 
II be present during the 3 day tourna- 


The City of Valdosta has deeded 180 
es of land to the Valdosta Recreation 
mmission. The area was formerly a 
id fill for the City on the southwest 
e of the City and can be used now for 


As a service to the Gainesville Recrea- 
n and Park Department, the Gainesville 
tional Bank ran a holiday parade insert 
the Gainesville Daily Times spotlight- 
the achievements of the department. 


The Callaway Foundation, Inc. has 
lated $135,000 to be matched with 
ids provided by the City to further 
r elop Granger Park and Calumet Park, 
inger Park was originally developed 
h total funds from the Calloway 


The Warner Robins Department is 

itinually diversifying its recreation pro- 

r m by the addition of charm and 

l deling classes, preteen ceramics, or- 

ization of a camera club, and adult 

4 rn to Bowl Lessons. 


FRANK BROWN, who has served for the past 
five years as Director of Parks and Recreation 
for the City of Roswell, has resigned to accept a 
similar position for Coweta County. Brown is a 
native of Alabama and prior to directing the 
Roswell department served the City of Acworth 
as Recreation Director. He obtained his B.S. 
Degree from Livingston State University in 

OPEN SPACE is a critical need for Georgia's 
cities and counties. What is your city or county 
doing to meet this need? 


The new edition of "Public Recreation 
In Georgia" which is due to be released 
early in April reveals some interesting 
facts. The per capita expenditures for 
public parks and recreation in Georgia 
range from $.70 to $13.56 for a state 
average of $4.26. Of Georgia's 74 full- 
time departments, 59 agencies completed 
the PRG Survey Form. Of that number 
88% report use of city/county vehicles, 
91% report that expenses are paid to 
professional conferences, 39% operate 
under a legal board, and 20 departments 
are developing facilities according to a 
Master Recreation Plan. Georgia presently 
has 38 municipal, 1 3 county and 23 
city-county departments. The trend is 
definitely toward county organization. 

Bureau of Outdoor 
LWCF Grants 


A $53,522.15 grant has been approved 
for the City of Elberton to develop 10.9 
acres of city owned land into a com- 
munity park. Development will include a 
combination baseball/football field; four 
tennis courts; a multi purpose court; 
comfort station; parking lot; water, sewer 
and electrical systems. 


An approval to the City of Griffin to 
amend an existing project, construction 
of 25 meter pool development, located in 
a 180 acre city owned park. The amend- 
ment to the project was $5,094.59. 


A BOR approval to increase existing 
project by the sum of $40,430. 


A BOR grant of $35,291.50 for acqui- 
sition of 2.5 acres of land and for the 
development of five (5) parks for 
neighborhood and community type recre- 
ation facilities. 


To revise a project agreement of April 
16, 1970 by adding a swimming pool, 
bath house, paved parking area and play- 
ground equipment. New grant addition 
totaled $50,682. 


The City of Lavonia has received BOR 
Approval for a $43,955 grant for the 
development of five (5) acres of a 7.8 
acre city park for outdoor recreation 
development. Facilities will include picnic 
area, play field, bath house/concession 
building, parking area and related de- 

( continued from page 6) 

from Arlington, Virginia, is Facility De- 
velopment Consultant for the National 
Golf Foundation, Colonel Eckhoff travels 
the entire East Coast and is responsible 
for 17 states and the District of Colum- 
bia. His main objective is to promote the 
game of golf and to assist in the develop- 
ment of new facilities. He has authored 
numerous articles for magazines and is 
responsible for the eastern regional needs 
for the monthly market report. Colonel 
Eckhoff will discuss the need and value of 
public golf courses in the public recre- 
ation system. 

JOAN BEARSS of Atlanta will discuss 
the use of audio/ visual aids in the park 
maintenance program. Miss Bearss is 
Southeastern Regional Manager of Ox- 
ford Films of Hollywood, California. She 
was formerly with Disney Fil 
traveled extensively throug 
United States and Europe. 

Mountain, Georgia, is Vice Pre 
Director of Horticulture, Ida Ca 
way Foundation. Mr. Galle i| 
throughout the United States, 
for his writings on horticultural subjects 
but as a speaker. He has served in an 
official capacity with many horticultural 
organizations and was recently appointed, 
for a second term, a member of the 
Advisory Council for the United States 
National Arboretum. Mr. Galle will dis- 
cuss the planning and maintenance of a 
desirable beautification program. 

Other program highlights during the 
two-day workshop will be the irrigation 
of athletic fields, and an outdoor demon- 
stration. The outdoor demonstration w 
include equipment used for tillage, plant- 
ing, and maintenance. 

Members of the Cherokee Recreation Commission and Advisory Council are pictured at their first 
meeting after employing the county's initial full-time Recreation and Park Director, Terry Spence. 
Front row, L-R: E. O. McFather, Jr. (Sec.-Treas.); Homer Adams, Elliott R. Baker (President); 
Recreation Director, Terry Spence; Herman Lawson (Vice-President); Don Snell. Back Row, L-R: 
Tom Fox, Paul Brookshire, Leroy Tippins, Mrs. Tom Fox, Young Smith, Gene Norton, Mrs. Betty 
las and Joe Long. 


If not, meet Paddy Beaver, 
the colorful new symbol of the 
Army Corps of Engineers' 
recreational safety program- 
Operation PLAY SAFE. 

Posters and signs bearing the 
figure admonishing all to "Play 
Safe— Don't leave it to Beaver" 
will be utilized in safety pro- 
motion by safety councils and 
local chapters of the American 
Red Cross. 

For further information 
contact the Technical Liaison 
Officer at District Offices, U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers. 


Please complete all information and return to Georgia Recreation Commission, 270 Washington Street, S. W., Atlanta, Georgia 30334. 
Registration fee should accompany application. Make check payable to RECREATION AND PARKS TRAINING SEMINAR. 

Name (Mr., Mrs., Miss). 






Local Church Name 

Your Position or Responsibility. 

Areas of Major Interest: (1). 


Will you attend the Arts and Crafts Technique Clinic on Monday, April 17th, 1:30 to 5:00 P.M.? Yes. 
Check here if you desire Motel Accommodation Information. 



I. 5, -Mo. 4 

Published by the Parks and Recreation Div 

August, 1972 

Department of Natural Resources 




It is with a great deal of pleasure that I 
;et the park and recreation 
)fessionals, interested laymen and 
cted public officials concerned with 
rk and recreation services in this first 
ae of the Parks and Recreation 
wsletter since the implementation of 
vernor Carter's reorganization of state 

As Director of the newly created Parks 
d Recreation Division of the 
partment of Natural Resources it 
ms only fitting to quote a current TV 
mnercial "we are all in this together." 
is I submit to be true for the first time 
my fourteen years of service as a 
>fessional in the park and recreation 
d in state government. 
The overall complexion of state 
'ernment reorganization will not be to 
ryone's liking. This is probably true in 
far as park and recreation profesionals 

concerned in the state. However, I 
ieve, as do members of our Division 
ff, that through reorganization we can 
ly become the focal point for parks 
I recreation in Georgia. I say this with 

sincerity. Unfortunately, many park 

and recreation professionals in the state 
may look upon me as a "state parks 
man". I should point out that I have five 
years experience in the public recreation 

If I had the opportunity to talk with 
each park and recreation professional in 
the State I am sure our philosophy would 
be very closely aligned. Of course, as 
Division Director, I must be vitally 
concerned with the development and 
operation of our state park facilities. 
However, it is incumbent upon me and 
the entire Division staff to be cognizant 
of the problems and needs of local 
government in the provision of day to 
day park and recreation programs and 
services. There is an urgent need for the 
stimulation and direction of therapeutic 
recreation programs in the state. Our 
correctional recreation programs are in 
the infant stages - - we must be involved. 
We must continue to develop an ongoing 
program to educate our laymen and 
elected officials on the needs facing us in 
providing parks and recreation services 
from the local level through the state 
level. Direction must be given to our 
institutions of higher learning in 
curriculum development and we in turn 

are obligated to pave the way for our 
graduates from the park and recreation 
curriculums. It is incumbent upon each of 
us to broaden our knowledge of the field 
and recognize the need and value of 
comprehensive planning and not become 
unduly engrossed with any one area of 

One of the most effective methods of 
stimulating the park and recreation 
movement in the state is through a strong 
professional organization. We have such 
an organization in the Georgia Recreation 
and Park Society. I would strongly 
encourage all park and recreation 
professionals to not only become 
members of GRPS, but involved 

Space does not permit me the 
opportunity to delve into the details of 
what we, you and I, regardless of your 
status or area of specialization in the 
field, can accomplish. However, as your 
state agency concerned with parks and 
recreation services, programs and 
facilities, let me assure you that my staff 
and I stand ready to assist in any way to 
stimulate quality park and recreation 
opportunities for all Georgians, and 
remember, "we are all in this together." 


«■ y r *»i — — 



Georgia Trails Symposium 
Atlanta, Georgia 


National Recreation and Park 
Conference, Anaheim, California 


State Conference on Parks 

and Recreation, Atlanta, Georgia 

"Parks and Recreation 
in Georgia" 
is a publication of the Parks and Recreation 
Division of the Georgia Department of Natural 
Resources, 270 Washington Street, S.W., Atlanta 
Georgia 30334. Telephone:656-2790. 


Joe D. Tanner, 

Henry D. Struble, 

John H. Davis, 



Jeff B. Naugle. 

Cover Cartoon Credit: Nancie O'Sullivan 
Staff Artist, Bureau of Business and 
Economic Research, Georgia State Univer- 
sity. Bert Evans, Department of Natural 

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken over- 
civilized people are beginning to find out 
that going to the mountains is going home, 
that wildness is necessity, and that 
mountain parks and reservations are 
useful not only as fountains of timber and 
irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life. 

John Muir, 1898 

This photo shows the beautiful Arabia Lake situated on the Arabia 
Mountain property in DeKalb County near Lithonia. 

DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department has 
recently acquired more than 500 acres of open space near 
Lithonia. Known as Arabia Mountain, the large expense is 
coming into public ownership thanks to a donation from 
Davidson Mineral Properties, Inc., and members of the Coffey 
and Power families of Lithonia, along with cooperation of the 
Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. The donation comes at a time 
when the county has a deficit of some 2,300 acres of park land. 

One of the most attractive features of the acquisition is that 
it will cost little to the citizens of DeKalb except approximately 
$8,000 for engineering and survey cost. Even though complete 
development may encompass much of the next five years, the 
park should be open to the public almost immediately. 

A master plan for the property has been compiled under the 
direction of Jim Cone, DeKalb Parks and Recreation Director. 
Some 30 acres will be developed as a community park to serve 
the nearby area which county officials are expecting to develop 
heavily in the next few years. The community park will include 
a recreation center, swimming pool and athletic fields. 

Below the community park rests a clear lake for fishing. 
Some of the largest pines in the county are located in this 
section of Lithonia. The land can be used as a camping area for 
scouts and other groups. 

There will be another lake area located below the first, while 
in the north end of the mountain park plans include picnicking, 
trailer and tent camping space. Walking, hiking and bridle trails 
will lace the entire park, and on the east space will be available 
for several athletic fields. 


)HN V. BLACKBURN has been 
) pointed Park Superintendent at 
micalola Falls State Park. Blackburn 
)lds his Master's Degree in Park and 
icreation Administration from the 
nivcisity of Georgia. 

UJL A. WRIGHT, a graduate of the 
niversity of Georgia with a B. S. Degree 
Park and Recreation Administration, 
s been appointed as Superintendent- 
-Training at Red Top Mountain State 

\MMY CARL FARR, a 1969 graduate 
Southern Tech, has been appointed as 
iperintendent-In-Training at Hard Labor 
eek State Park. 

DBERT BARONI has resigned as 
rector of Recreation for the City of 
iwrenceville to enter private business. 

IANK HOOK III has been appointed 
;tivities Director for the Statesboro 
:creation Department. 

IDE GLOVER has been appointed 
rector of Parks and Recreation for 
ynn County. 

FF B. NAUGLE was recently 
pointed to the position of Chief, 
Derations Section of the Parks and 
:creation Division of the Department of 
itural Resources, State of Georgia. 

DN CADORA has resigned as 
:creation Director for Fulton County. 

vlMY ANDERSON, a graduate of 
•orgia Southern College and the 
liversity of Georgia, has assumed the 
sition of Director of Parks and 
creation for the City of Thomasville. 

,E SILVER, recipient of his Master's 
X gree in Recreation this past Spring 
I im Georgia Southern College, has been 
| pointed Instructor of Recreation at 

lyton Junior College. 


William Hatcher is pictured being welcomed 
aboard at the Milledgeville Baldwin County 
Parks and Recreation Department by Director, 
George Chambliss. Hatcher is a graduate of the 
University of Georgia with a B.S. Degree in 

Ron Sharpless, a native of Macon and a former 
Peace Corp Volunteer to Nigeria, is working as 
an Intern with the Planning and Research 
Division this summer. He attended West 
Georgia College, and is presently attending 
Georgia State. His responsibility is to begin 
developing the plan for a Scenic Trails System 
as authorized in the Georgia Scenic Trails Act. 

Mrs. Jane Durr of Statesboro recently 
completed her internship with the Parks and 
Recreation Division. She was a June graduate of 
Georgia Southern College having received a B.S. 
Degree in Recreation Administration. She 
received the "Outstanding Senior Award" 
within the Recreation Curriculum at GSC. 




The Parks and Recreation Division has 
established seasonal interpretive 
programs within thirteen state parks for 
the first time this summer. The program 
is under the direction of Allen R. 
Coggins, the first professional interpretive 
specialist ever employed by the state. 

Each program will be directed by a 
competent naturalist and will provide 
entertaining, informative, inspirational 
and recreation oriented programs for park 
visitors. The seasonal interpreters will 
meet park visitors on a person to person 
basis, answer their questions concerning 
the natural or cultural history of the 
parks, conduct field trips and hikes, 
present evening slide programs, conduct 
nature activities for children and manage 
nature trails and other naturalist areas. 

Mr. Coggins will also be available to 
assist other public, private and 
commercial park and recreation agencies 
regarding the extablishment of 
interpretive programs. 

Bill Pelfrey, of Brunswick, is participating in 
one of Georgia's first Park and Recreation 
Co-op Programs. He is working two quarters as 
Community Recreation Leader at Cobb County 
Sewell Park and then attending school for two 
quarters at Georgia Southern College. 


JAMES E. CREWS, a 1972 graduate of Georgia 
Southern College has assumed the position of 
Athletic Director with the Lafayette Recreation 
and Parks Department. 

Jimmy Miller, Assistant Director of the Cobb County Parks and 
Recreation Department, and Charlie Jones, (right) Fountain View 
Apartments developer are shown standing on a new combination Tennis 
and Basketball Court in the apartments. 

Cobb County will have access to this beautiful clubhouse for classes and 
club meetings. 



An innovative program offering swimming lessons and 
playground programs in apartment facilities is being tried out in 
Cobb County. 

The result of cooperation between apartment owners and 
Parks and Recreation Department representatives, the program 
is bringing supervised summer activities into some of the most 
densely populated areas of the county. 

"It is our aim to put our programs and parks where the 
people are," commented Jim Oates, director of the fast-growing 
Cobb Parks and Recreation Department since its formation six 
years ago. 

Cobb has only one public swimming pool, and with a 
booming population of over 200,000, recreation officials have 
been hard-put to find places to give swimming lessons. 

Oates and his assistant director, Jimmy Miller, met recently 
with the Cobb Apartment Owners Association, and explained to 
them the methods used by the Department in organizing its 
wide-ranging seasonal programs as well as adult education 

The Parks and Recreation Department organizes classes, 
secures instructors, and finds facilities for the instruction, but 
minimal fees charged for the different activities pay the salaries 
of the instructors, therefore relieving the taxpayers of the 

The unique program is being offered at only three pools this 
summer, but other owners have expressed interest, too, Miller 

"We are pleased with the number of apartments willing to 
participate," Miller said, "but we feel we will gain knowledge 
from these three this year, then if it works - and every 
indication is that it will be a great success -we'll contact. all the 
owners next year." 

Swimming classes are being held at Doral Apartments, 
Cooper Lake Apartments, and Fountain View Apartments. 

At Fountain View there is also a summer playground 
program, with owner Charlie Jones furnishing the equipment 
and paying the directors. Most of the summer playground 
programs are held in county school buildings, but the lucky kids 


The county employs capable, qualified swimming instructors for the 
swimming pool and supervises their activity. 


We believe that the above described! 
reation system using completely SB 
example of innovative leadership. 




s« ■ fv-;*<E 

Fountain View will be able to use the pool twice a week, and 
e clubhouse, complete with ping pong tables, in inclement 

On a hot June morning Jones watched 15 kids at a time take 
>ur-long swimming lessons, shivering before their hour was 
r er despite the bright sun adding sparkle to the fountain from 
tiich the apartment complex gets its name, while fifty other 
dldren got their bikes ready for a bicycle' parade in the 
ayground program. 

"It looks like this will be something to keep the kids 
itertained," Jones said, "1 think next year everybody will be 
>ing it." 

In the pool a little boy named Bobby said, "Guess what! 
hen she dropped the quarter down there I got it the first 

("She" is the honored title given, since time began, to the 
acher, the instructor, or, often as not, to Mother.) 

"And she threw it in the deep water, too," according to 

Rex said he has learned to use his arms better, but wouldn't 
II the reporter his name -- which hs fellow seven-year-olds 
omptly volunteered. 

Jones, a prominent Cobb builder, has 261 units in his 
>untain View Apartments and tries to make it a good place for 
milies to live. He didn't know exactly how many children 
:re living there, but remembered that 450 invitations went out 

their Halloween party last year. 

A baseball-football field, lighted basketball and tennis courts, 
d a minibike trail are provided for Fountain View residents. 

nes said the clubhouse, which has already been used by such 
ried activities as bridge clubs and baton lessons, will be used in 
j Fall for adult education classes. He has also been approach- 
by the Red Cross, he said, on the possibility of having 

ildcare and pre-natal care classes. 

"Anything they can plan is alright with me," Jones said. "It 

1 help acquaint the community with us, and they will be able 

see that we are good neighbors." 

The Doral Apartment's Clubhouse is a facility that is ideally designed for 
recreation activity. The Cobb County department will be utilizing this 
facility for arts and crafts, bridge classes, special events, etc. 

lent example of a park and rec- 
lt its disposal. We applaud this 

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These youngsters are obviously enjoying the swimming class being 
offered at the Doral Apartments pool. 

Apartment complexes, such as the one pictured here, are developing at 
such tremendous rates all over the state that other park and recreation 
systems might do well to follow the example as set by Cobb County. 


An Economic Development Admin- 
istration grant of $4,867.00 to acquire 
7.8 acres of land for future development 
of lighted baseball/ football field, 
multi-purpose court, concession stand, 
bleachers and restroom. 


A Land and Water Conservation Fund 
Grant of $705,994.00 for development of 
three county owned sites. The three sites 
are Fuller Park, 40 acres, Fair Oaks Park, 
40 acres, and Rhyne Park, 27 acres. 


$17,254.00 from the Bureau of Out- 
door Recreation (L&WCF) to develop a 
2.6 acre park. 


$35,000.00 from the Bureau of Out- 
door Recreation to construct a 5.7 mile 
paved golf cart path. 


A $17,951.00 grant from B.O.R. to 
acquire additional acreage to complete an 
existing ball field located on a leased park 
site. This project is located at the Cave 
Spring site. 


$500,000 from B.O.R. for acquisition 
of 867 acres of land along Sweetwater 
Creek in Douglas County. 


A BOR Grant in the amount $60,980 
for development of 12 acre park on 
donated land. 


$233,407 from B.O.R. to develop Best 
Friend Park, a donated park site of 21 


A L&WCF Grant of 
develop two city park sites. 

$10,209 to 

Callanwolde Estate, the twelve acre wooded home of Charles Howard 
Candler, has been purchased by DeKalb County. Callanwolde will be 
operated as a cultural and garden center under the direction of the 
DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department. The department will 
program and schedule the cultural activities, hopefully embracing all of 
the fine arts and will encourage all organizations connected with cultural 
activities to participate. Though the mansion is magnificent, the 
interesting point to be made is that much of the credit for this action 
being taken is due to diligent efforts of the DeKalb County Parks and 
Recreation Department. 

These 42 young people are part of the "lifesaving force" working in 
Georgia's state parks this summer. They all successfully completed a 
Lifesaving Seminar held on June 8th at Will-A-Way Park for the 
Handicapped near Winder. Dick Sanders, extreme right. Assistant 
Director of Safety Programs for the Metropolitan Atlanta Red Cross 
Chapter and Fred Stokes, left. Assistant Aquatics Director for the 
DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department conducted the seminar 
which stressed skills testing, first aid and pool /waterfront management. 

DEPARTMENT Publication Revised 

This publication should be ready for general distribution within 
thirty days. Published cooperatively by the Georgia Power 
Company, the State Parks and Recreation Division, the Charles 
M. Graves Organization and the Southeastern Regional Office of 
N.R.P.A., this guide has been extremely popular throughout its 
previous four editions. According to Frank Hood, Assistant Vice 
President in Charge of Georgia Power's Community Develop- 
ment Department, this edition has been greatly expanded and 
updated. Graphics and photographs have been added which 
really improve the Guide's appearance. "We are delighted to 
finance the publishing of this Guide, and we genuinely trust that 
it will continue to promote the excellent park and recreation 
development to be found in Georgia," stated Mr. Hood. 




Henry D. Struble, Director of the Parks and Recreation 
ivision, Depar'ment of Natural Resources, has announced the 
)proval of a federal grant in the area of Therapeutic Recrea- 

The grant, which was approved through the Developmental! 
isabilities Services Act, will provide funds for the addition of a 
tierapeutic Recreation Consultant to the Division staff. The 
Dnsultant will be available to provide advisory services to 
ablic and private agencies and other state agencies in the 
aiming and development of therapeutic recreation and park 
ograms and facilities. 

Individuals or agencies desiring additional information on the, 
:w service should contact the Division office. 


Plans are now being finalized for the 1972 Georgia Con- 
rence on Recreation and Parks. The Conference is scheduled 
ovember 8, 9 & 10 with Conference headquarters at the 
cecutive Park Motor Hotel in Atlanta. 

The 28th Annual Conference is sponsored by the Georgia 
^creation and Park Society in cooperation with the Parks and 
.^creation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources 
d the DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department. 

Sessions are being planned in areas of special interest such as 
iff development, leadership techniques, outdoor recreation, 
erapeutic recreation, armed forces recreation, reorganization 

state park and recreation agencies, municipal-county recrea- 
)n and others. A preconference workshop on park and 
creation legislation is also being planned. 

Detailed information on the Conference, hotel reservations 
d pre-registration information will be forthcoming. 

For additional information contact: 

Thad L. Studstill 
Parks and Recreation Division 
Department of Natural Resources 
270 Washington St., S.W. 
Atlanta, Georgia 30334 



W. Tom Martin, Jr., Instructor and Acting 
Head of the Parks and Recreation Cur- 
riculum at Georgia Southern College in 
Statesboro has been appointed to the 
position of State Director, Correctional 
Recreation Programs. Martin holds a B.S. 
Degree in Recreation from Georgia 
Southern College and a Master's Degree 
from the University of North Carolina. 
He has taught park and recreation ad- 
ministration at Georgia Southern College 
since 1968. 
He served as Assistant Director of the former Georgia 
Recreation Commission from 1964-1968. Prior to that he served 
two years as a Recreation Supervisor with the Durham, North 
Carolina Parks and Recreation Department. 

"As State Director of Corrections Recreation Programs Mr. 
Martin will be responsible for planning and developing a 
comprehensive system of Correctional Recreation within our 
prison units," stated Ellis MacDougall, Director of Offender 
Rehabilitation for Georgia. 

Governor Jimmy Carter is shown above announcing the news that the 
State of Georgia, the Georgia Power Company, the Nature Conservancy 
and the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation had successfully cleared the 
first hurdle in development of a Chattahoochee River Park. 

The first major step has been taken toward preserving hundreds 
acres of natural woodlands along the Chattahoochee for a public 
park, according to Governor Carter. In a recent press conference 
the Governor announced that Georgia Power Company had 
donated over 150 acres of land along the Chattahoochee to the 
Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy will turn the land 
over to the State for use as a park. 

The Governor announced that arrangements had already 
been made to acquire approximately 225 additional acres of land 
along the River when the Federal funds (which the State is 
seeking from BOR) arc approved. The total value of the land 
which can be acquired immediately upon BOR approval will 
exceed $4 million, but will not cost the State and thus the 
Georgia taxpayers "one penny", according to the Governor. 





Amicalola Falls 

Well Water System 

Crooked River 

Superintendent's Residence 

Crooked River 

Group Shelter 

Elijah Clark 

Central Building 

Fort Mountain 

Check in Station 

Fort Mountain 

Rest Station 

Fort Mountain 

Caretaker's Residence 

Fort Mountain 

Five Cottages 

Ga. Veterans Memorial 

Caretaker's Residence 

Ga. Veterans Memorial 

Rest Station 

General Coffee 

Trading Post 

General Coffee 

Comfort Station 

General Coffee 

Rest Station 


Comfort Station 

Little Ocumlgee 

9 Hole Addition-Golf Course 

Magnolia Springs 

Rest Station 


Five Cottages 


Caretaker's Residence 


Family Group Shelter 

Panola Mountain 


Providence Canyon 

Superintendent's Residence 

Red Top Mountain 

Water System 

Reed Bingham 

Comfort Station 

Reed Bingham 

Caretaker's Residence 

Reed Bingham 

Concession Building 


Comfort Station 


Caretaker's Residence 


Five Cottages 


Comfort Station 


Rest Station 

Victoria Bryant 

Golf Course Irrigation 


Sewage System 

Whitewater Creek 

Comfort Station 

Whitewater Creek 

Control Building 

Whitewater Creek 

Group Shelter 

Whitewater Creek 

Rest Station 

Watson Mill 

Rest Station 

Watson Mill 



Did you have a difficult time locating a qualified lifeguard this 
spring? Plan ahead and send several of your guards to Aquatic 
and First Aid School. The last remaining school for this summer 
is to be conducted August 21-31, at Camp Rockmont. Black 
Mountain, North Carolina. 

The following is included in the school's curriculum: 

1. QUALIFYING INSTRUCTORS - in first aid, water 
safety, and more advanced training for existing instruc- 

2. SEMINARS - Community Aquatic Leadership, First Aid 
Leadership, Camp Waterfront Leadership and Swimming 
Pool Leadership. 

3. OPPORTUNITY - for Water Safety Instructors whose 
authorization has expired to be re-certified. 

4. SPECIAL ELECTIVES - Sailing, Canoeing, Rowing, Out- 

Contact the American National Red Cross at 1955 Monroe 
Drive, N.F., Atlanta, Georgia 30324 further information. 
Telephone: 404-875-7921. 


ARIZONA: A proposed state constitutional amendment to 
allow cities to issue bonds to buy land for parks, playgrounds 
and recreation facilities was approved by the Arizona legislature 
for submission to the voters in November. 

KENTUCKY: In response to a recommendation from Governor 
Ford, the Kentucky Water Pollution Control Commission 
accepted for public hearing an amended regulation to protect 
the entire length of the Ohio River in Kentucky for recreation 

OHIO: Bills to expand state protection for scenic and recreation 
rivers and to establish a network of hiking and bicycling trails 
were passed by the Ohio House of Representatives and returned 
to the State Senate for concurrence in amendments before going 
to the governor for signature. 

TENNESSEE: A parks, recreation and conservation planning 
study report prepared by the Memphis and Shelby County 
Planning Commission concluded that the recreation needs of 
citizens are not being met if they can't walk to a neighborhood 
park in 10 minutes or if there isn't a large park within three 
miles of their home. 

TEXAS: Dr. William B. Dean, chairman of the Dallas Park 
Board, declared the city's long green line of park facilities along 
the Trinity River, when completed, will make Dallas the No. 1 
city in the world for outdoor recreation. Discussing a recent 
announcement of a $2.2 million federal matching grant to 
acquire 2,1 13 acres along the river for parks, Dean said the city 
must match the H.U.D. "open space" grant by approving 
$1,117,593 in local bonds. 

Alma-Bacon County is justifiably proud of this new Community Center. 
The building was paid for by Model Cities and Alma-Bacon County 
Recreation Board funds and features one of the newest designs of centers 
in Georgia. Sid Smith is the new Administrator of Parks and Recreation, 
and his office is housed in this facility.