Former Parks and Rec director Brooks honored

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers Rick Meyer, director of North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services, shows off the dedication plaque for the Bob Brooks bench to its namesake on April 26.


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Bob Brooks gave 33 years of service to the City of North Augusta.

On Saturday morning, the City gave back a small token of appreciation in the form of a bench at Brick Pond Park.

“Back in 1978, the City of North Augusta had a vacancy in the position of director of parks and recreation,” said Rick Meyer, the current director. “It did a great thing that day; it hired a gentleman named John Robert Brooks, better known to his employees as Bob Brooks. In his 33 years of service to the City of North Augusta – just to give you a small sampling of what happened – we expanded Riverview Park, we built the North Augusta Community Center, renovated Lions Field, built the Riverview Park Activities Center, built the Greeneway, and we built this beautiful facility right here,” he said, referring to Brick Pond Park.

Brooks also created the Earth Day event that went on around the ceremony.

“Bob has been a giant in parks and recreation in the state of South Carolina,” Meyer said. “He’s been Professional of the Year for the South Carolina Parks and Recreation Association, he’s achieved their lifetime service award, he has been the Sertoma Man of the Year in North Augusta, as well as the City of North Augusta’s Citizen of the Year.”

Gator Cochran constructed the black bench to look like a tree, and it is located just down the hill from the North Augusta Municipal Building.

For his part, Brooks said the dedication was an honor, even as he joked that he was unsure where they found the photo for the plaque.

“I do appreciate the staff being involved and all of their efforts in making this become a reality,” he said.

“I especially thank Gator Cochran for his talents, as well. It’s just a humbling experience to be recognized by former peers and the community in which I live. I thank God for giving all of the years of service to the City and all of the blessings he has given and continues to give us throughout our retirement.”

Brooks said his two grandchildren, Graham, 5, and Charlie, 2, along with his wife Nancy, will get plenty of use from the bench and he hopes that others who want to sit and view the brick ponds will, as well.

“It’s just an honor to be recognized by the City of North Augusta,” he said.

Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.

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