Wolverine Gym set to re­open to­day

The Covington News - - Sports -

Josh Briggs

Af­ter 40 years of si­lence, the Wolverine Gym will again bus­tle with ac­tiv­ity.

The Newton County Recre­ation Com­mis­sion in con­junc­tion with the Newton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers will un­veil the ren­o­vated Wolverine Gym to­day in a cer­e­mony at 4:30 p.m.

The Wolverine Gym is the old R.L Cousins High School gym that the school called home un­til it closed in 1970. The Recre­ation Com­mis­sion will man­age the fa­cil­ity and it will be open for use by the com­mu­nity.

Ar­chi­tec­tural firm Richard Wittschiebe Hand headed the rehabilitation process thanks to fund­ing from a Spe­cial Pur­pose Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax Al­lo­ca­tion and a $250,000 grant from the At­lanta Fal­cons Youth Foun­da­tion.

Wolverine Gym is lo­cated on Geiger Street at the lo­ca­tion of the old school. The gym will join Wolverine Field as yet an­other his­tor­i­cal land­mark in Newton County. Wolverine field was ded­i­cated in 2009 with many for­mer Cousins play­ers on hand for the cel­e­bra­tion.

R.L Cousins closed in 1970 af­ter just 13 years of ex­is­tence. Thanks to the de­seg­re­ga­tion of schools in 1971, the stu­dents from Cousins at­tended into Newton County High School.

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