Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation’s annual report details surprising accomplishments in the pandemic year. The Twitter post from the agency perhaps says it best:
“Even though COVID made things rough, we managed to get in several sports season and events along with tons of projects at local parks and facilities. You can read about all of these in our 2020 Annual Report at 2020 Annual Report. (click to read)”
The 11-page PDF, filled with photos in addition to key bullet points, outlines improvements made to recreational areas in the city and county in 2020 as well as key projects completed (under budget) and the impact the virus had on traditional activities. Included:
- $220,000 in capital improvements.
- Almost $900,000 in updates included in the 2017 special tax with more budgeted this year.
- Partnerships with 60 area businesses, medical groups and others.
- $81,646 in refunds for sports canceled by the pandemic (baseball, softball, gymnastics and facilities rentals).
- Closures including Lock and Dam (63 days for campers); Northside Pool was only open 14 days)
- 33 overall cancellations, from camps to Soul Fest to Rome Braves tie-ins, Easter Service, patriotic party, beer fest and others.
- Converting efforts to be COVID friendly from a series of free training videos, Santa drive-through and others.
- Other key events were held, especially in fall. “Per the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the tournaments helped bring more than 42,000 people to Rome and made an economic impact of $1,955,930.”
The Floyd County Board of Education will have a work session next Monday, March 1, beginning at 8 a.m. Members will vote on any personnel changes we have at that time, but the rest should all be discussion.