Rick Meyer

Rick Meyer

According to the National Recreation and Park Association’s 2019 Engagement with Parks Report, an overwhelming majority of Americans assert that they personally benefit from local parks and that their communities benefit from local parks. Americans on average visit their local park and recreational facilities more than twice a month. Three in four Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a local park or other recreational facility. Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults agree that visiting their local parks, trails and open spaces is essential for their mental and physical well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week I will continue to highlight members of the North Augusta PRT staff who help make North Augusta a better place to live, work and play. Our spotlight in this column will shine on the parks maintenance staff, Foreman Mike Chavous, Maintenance Technician Mike Turner, Crew Leader Darrell Hester, Maintenance Worker III Ron Mathews and Maintenance Worker II Josh Logan. This group of employees has over 60 years of experience working for the City of North Augusta. They work in conjunction with the Property Maintenance Division in keeping all the parks, athletic fields, playgrounds, splash pads, water fountains and Greeneway well maintained and safe.

A typical work week for the park’s crew outside in the extreme heat of July includes keeping the parks clean by picking up all the trash from each day’s activities, cleaning the restrooms, keeping all the athletic fields mowed a minimum of twice weekly, painting all the lines on the athletic fields, dragging and chalking all the baseball and softball fields, irrigation of athletic fields and irrigation repairs, equipment preventive maintenance and repair, splash pad maintenance and repair, weed-eating fence lines and Greeneway maintenance. In addition to these duties, this staff also takes care of removing vandalism in parking decks and other facilities in the city, taking care of the boat ramp, playground equipment repair, installation and repair of water fountains, and hanging all the street banners and Christmas decorations around the city. Each member of the crew brings different skill sets that make this team of employees so valuable to the day to day operations of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in the City of North Augusta. Thanks to each of these employees that work so hard to make the parks in our community great places to visit and play.

Adventure Camp 2020 is in its seventh week at the North Augusta Community Center. There are still two more consecutive weeks remaining for rising first-sixth graders to enroll. Each session is $100 per week with the daily sessions running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early drop-off at 8 a.m. is available as well as late pickup at 6 p.m. Camp registrations are accepted online at www.northaugusta.net and at the front counter of the Riverview Park Activities Center.

Don't forget that the Pat Carpenter Cheerleading camp and the North Augusta Yellow Jacket Baseball Camp are scheduled for July 27-30. Registration is being accepted at the front counter of the Riverview Park Activities center.

Stay tuned to our North Augusta PRT Facebook page at www.facebook.com/northaugusta.recreation for information on our programs and facilities.