Rec department set to revitalize Cousins' gym
The Newton County Recreation Department has recently leased the old Cousins Middle School gymnasium and football field.
With $500,000 coming from Special Purposes Local Option Sales Tax and another $200,000 from Project Adventure’s Arthur Blank Foundation, the recreation department looks to fill the void of the over crowded Turner Lake gym. “Turner Lake is over-crowded,” said Newton County Recreation direc- tor Tommy Hailey.
“The facilities and activities being offered have just taken off and by adding something like this it’s a great tribute to the community.”
The gym will be open for use in the morning and in the evenings after schools are out.
Established to provide the same amenities as Turner Lake, the gym will be available for basketball and other recreational activities with the same fees applying.
The current Turner Lake's fees are per visit, $1 for youths ages 8-17 and senior citizens 55 and older and $2 for adults 18-54. and five dollars for people outside of Newton County.
The football field was leased with a 20-year agreement. Purchased with hopes of expanding the junior football programs, the field will also be accessible to the local schools.
“We do have an agreement with the school system. If they need access to the field, they can have it,” said Hailey.
The goal for the grand opening of the gym has been set for the fall of next year.
“We would love to have it open before basketball season next year, but we have a lot of work to do,” said Hailey. “We have to prioritize what projects need the most attention and start with them first.”
The recreation department has plans to redo the entire gym by adding a new floor and basketball equipment.
Also there are plans to renovate the classrooms back to working order.
With the new facilities being opened, the Recreation Department will offer more opportunities for the youth in the Newton County.