Augusta working on more recreational activities

By Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]
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AUGUSTA — Even without a pool, the kids will have plenty of opportunities for recreation this summer in Augusta.

Tourism Director Lacey Holleran said the city will begin a movie in the park series on June 1. The movies will be played on a projector after dark in the Appelman Park.

“We wanted to give the kids something to do and we’ve talked about doing a movie in the park series for awhile,” she said. “The first one will start in June. We’ll also have one in July, August, September and October, but we don’t have the exact schedule yet.”

Holleran said the event is free to the public.

According to Holleran, there will also be some upgrades made to the Appelman Park basketball court, which will also be used for different recreational activities over the summer.

Holleran said George Clooney donated $10,000 to the Parks and Recreation Board, which will use the money for the repairs to the basketball court.

Some of the repairs include new backboards, new rims, safety padding on the poles, benches, trash receptacles and painted lines on the court.

“It’s used hard all summer,” she said. “All ages will use it.”

Holleran said there will also be daily games in the park beginning June 4 and ending on Aug. 3.

“There will be something to do Monday through Friday,” Holleran said.

According to Holleran, the Parks and Recreation Board was formed by the city to come up with ideas for recreation in order to give the city children something to do over the summer.

“We knew we needed more recreation over the summer,” she said. “This will give us some things to fill the void of not having a pool this year.”

Holleran said more information about summer activities will be released to the public as soon as everything has been set.

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By Christy Howell-Hoots

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