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LUNCHDOODLES with Mo Willems
Center for Puppetry Arts
Story Time from Space
An Eye for Art
Backbends & Brews
Yoga Del Soul
Mary's Chair Yoga
Stay fit and healthy with these online classes taught by our instructors!
WE MISS OUR CUSTOMERS AT THE ACWORTH COMMUNITY CENTER
ACWORTH CELEBRATES 32ND YEAR OF TREE CITY DESIGNATION
On March 5, Mayor Tommy Allegood and Alderman Butch Price presented a proclamation to Sylvia Flanagan of the Acworth Tree Commission in recognition of Acworth's 32nd year of being a Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA program recognizes cities for their excellence in urban forestry management, and Acworth is one of more than 3,000 Tree City USA's. The City of Acworth had its annual Arbor Day Celebration where citizens gathered at a council meeting to recognize the City's efforts to bring awareness of what trees do for the community. Every year, the Acworth Tree Commission sponsors a poster contest for local schools to get involved in the Arbor Day Celebration. This year's poster theme was "What Song Does Your Tree Sing?" Winners from Acworth Intermediate School, Brookwood Christian School, Cornerstone Preparatory Academy, Frey Elementary School, and McCall Primary were recognized for their poster designs.
ACWORTH JOINS GEORGIA EXCEPTIONAL MAIN STREET COMMUNITY
On December 5, 2019, at the Mayor and Council Meeting, the Georgia Main Street program recognized the City of Acworth as a Georgia Exceptional Main Street community. Georgia's Exceptional Main Street communities, also known as GEMS, represent some of the best Main Street Programs that the state has to offer. These Main Streets have gone above and beyond expectations by making a strong and positive impact in their communities. Acworth is now one of eighteen Georgia cities recognized with the GEMS distinction.
The Director of the Office of Downtown Development with Georgia Department of Community Affairs Jessica Reynolds addressed Mayor and Council at the December meeting to relay the mission of the Georgia Main Street program and the significance of Acworth’s GEMS recognition. Ms. Reynolds congratulated Acworth on the “commitment to excellence and stable leadership” that led to this designation. Over the past three years, Downtown Acworth has seen $21 million in private and public investment, with 13 new business openings with 43 new jobs created, and Main Street events have attracted over 140,000 visitors to Downtown Acworth. Ms. Reynolds presented the city with a gateway sign to recognize the GEMS designation. The sign reads, “Welcome to Downtown Acworth, a Georgia Exceptional Main Street City!” These signs will be displayed throughout Historic Downtown and the Parkside Redevelopment.
Acworth’s GEMS designation would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Acworth Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Assistant Director of Operations and DDA Director Jeff Chase, and all of the other boards and commissions that contribute their time and energy to the city.
ACWORTH PARKS, RECREATION, AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE DEPARTMENT WINS GRPA AGENCY OF THE YEAR
On Wednesday, November 6, the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department received the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) Agency of the Year Award in the 20,001-50,000 population category. The award was presented to Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Director James Albright and his team at the GRPA Award Banquet in Dalton, Georgia. The purpose of this award is to recognize exemplary agencies who deliver recreation, park, or leisure related services to their community. Eligible agencies must deliver services that make a significant contribution on a local, state, or regional basis.
The 2019 year has been monumental for the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department. The Acworth Community Center opened its doors on April 25, 2019. This 44,000 square foot facility is home to two-full sized basketball courts, an indoor walking track, an exercise room, and multi-purpose classroom. In addition to these amenities, the center also houses Tanyard Creek Overlook, an elegant banquet space that seats up to 350 for weddings and other events. Since the community center’s grand opening, this facility has seen over 50,000 visitors. The Acworth Community Center has enabled the department to offer additional programs, events, and camps to the city.
Acworth also opened a new historical facility in the Historic Downtown District. Depot Park serves as a historical resource to the community and features electronic displays delivering professionally produced videos to educate the public on Acworth’s rich history. This valuable content of images and oral histories was produced in partnership with the Save Acworth History Foundation. This center is free to the public and maintained by the department’s team.
In addition to these new facilities, the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department maintains 10 additional indoor facilities, 800 acres of greenspace, 10 baseball fields, 2 football fields, an indoor batting facility, 4 beaches on 2 lakes, 2 trail networks, and a rubberized surface baseball field for the Horizon League, an athletic program for children and adults with disabilities. The department's Operations Division also provides landscaping and maintenance of the Historic Downtown area and all parking lots located within the district. The department partners with other local organizations, such as the Tourism Board, Downtown Development Authority, and Acworth Business Association, to host special events throughout the year including Taste of Acworth, the Acworth Arts Festival, and the first annual Pizza, Pints, and Pigskins.
“We have worked extremely hard over the last twenty years to recruit, retain, and develop our talent,” said department Director James Albright, “We have an extremely gifted and talented team that are creating extraordinary experiences in everything they do!”
The Georgia Recreation and Park Association was formed in 1945 as a private, non-profit Institution to support and promote the recreation and park industries within the state of Georgia. It is the only state organization that serves as an advocate for quality recreation and park areas, facilities, programs and services at the local level.
ACWORTH COACH HONORED DURING WORLD SERIES
The Horizon League’s own Coach Casey Weatherford won tickets to Game 2 of the World Series from Day’s Chevrolet for his service to this program which provides children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic events. The coach was touched and surprised by this honor, but the surprises kept coming at the game where he was award Chevrolet’s Youth Coach of the Year. At the game in Houston, Chevy broadcasted a video featuring Casey’s story of love and dedication to the players in the Horizon League and then gave him the keys to a brand new truck! Casey was honored by the recognition, but was more appreciative of the opportunity to spread awareness of the Horizon League.
ACWORTH PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE NOW OPEN!
On October 4th, 2019 the City of Acworth celebrated the grand opening of the new pedestrian bridge that connects Parkside to historic downtown. Residents and visitors alike may now safely cross over the railroad tracks while enjoying a bird’s eye view of our charming city. The bridge dedication began with words of reflections from Mayor Tommy Allegood and other community leaders, and the ribbon was cut to much applause. The crowd then counted down a lighting demonstration that displays their town’s name in lights. Acworth is now home to an attraction that not only provides the convenience of making our streets more walkable, but also adds beauty and visual interest to our downtown. As Acworth continues to grow, this bridge will serve as a landmark for all to see.
DEPOT PARK NOW OPEN
Depot Park is an architectural replica of the original railroad depot which, for decades, brought commerce into Acworth, sent families off on their travels, and returned soldiers home from war. The Depot features static and electronic displays that tells Acworth's history. The electronic displays have 19 professionally-produced videos of Acworth's history, more than 50 oral histories of long time Acworth residents, and a display that will feature hundreds of special and unique photographs of Acworth. The static displays include storyboards that tell the history of Acworth in written form and a display case. The facility is open from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every day and free to the public.
For more history visit The Inspiring Story of Acworth Depot Park