Rick Meyer

Rick Meyer

This year’s theme for Park and Recreation Month is “We are Parks and Recreation!” We’re celebrating Park and Recreation Month with the National Recreation and Park Association by highlighting the people who make sure our parks and recreation programs are well-maintained, safe, inclusive and welcoming. Every day, in communities across the country, the people of parks and recreation are providing essential services and making their communities better places to live, work and play.

Our spotlight in this column will shine on Nancy Payne, events and facilities supervisor, for the North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Nancy celebrated her 28th year of service with the City of North Augusta on Monday. She was hired in 1992 as special events coordinator and was put in charge of the Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee, the North Augusta July Fourth celebration, spring festivals, all classes such as gymnastics, tap and ballet, crafts, firearm safety, CPR and first aid classes, painting, Christmas and Easter Egg ornaments, kids' exercise classes, yoga, summer playground program and senior citizens activities.

Nancy then transitioned to managing the North Augusta Community Center in addition to some of her previous duties. Nancy describes her job as having fun. She has been blessed to meet so many wonderful people in our community in addition to meeting famous people like former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, and former South Carolina Governors Carroll Campbell, David Beasley, Mark Sanford and Nikki Haley. Nancy fondly remembers all the guest speakers at the mayor’s prayer breakfasts, such as former Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, former Clemson head football coach Ken Hatfield, and former NFL player and college football coach, Bill Curry.

Nancy moved over to the brand new Municipal Center in 2009 to manage the Palmetto Terrace Ballroom in addition to her community center responsibilities. Nancy has played host to so many birthday parties, wedding celebrations, high school proms, Masters parties and retirement parties. If you have lived in North Augusta for long it is almost certain that you have attended a function that Nancy Payne has hosted or catered. She is the ultimate customer service representative for the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Thanks, Nancy, for all you have done and continue to do to make the city of North Augusta special!

Effective Monday, July 20, the Riverview Park Activities Center will be extending operational hours on weekdays to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday hours will remain the same, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and we will continue to be closed on Sundays.

Adventure Camp 2020 is in its sixth week at the North Augusta Community Center. There are still three more consecutive weeks remaining for rising first through 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.