Steelco hon­ored for ef­forts in re­cre­ation

The Covington News - - Front page - By Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com

City Pond Park is one of New­ton County’s crown jewels with its base­ball fields, foot­ball field, ten­nis courts and walk­ing paths set against a beau­ti­ful wa­ter back­drop.

How­ever, for years the park at times would be­come al­most un­bear­ably hot, be­cause of its ab­sorbent black as­phalt.

In 2008, SteelCo Build­ings won a nearly $200,000 bid to re­place the as­phalt paths with con­crete.

SteelCo also graded prob­lem spots to keep wa­ter from pool­ing, re­paired the park’s in­fra­struc­ture and do­nated the park’s pavil­ion free of charge.

The New­ton County Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion was so pleased it sub­mit­ted SteelCo’s work for a na­tional award, and this year the com­pany won. SteelCo re­ceived the 2011 Out­stand­ing Sup­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion Award from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of County Park and Re­cre­ation Of­fi­cials.

“We don’t do any­thing for the youth to be rec­og­nized, but we have a strong com- mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion and re­cre­ation,” SteelCo Pres­i­dent Shane Mill­wood said. “We all came through both the schools and re­cre­ation, so that’s where we feel most com­fort­able (do­nat­ing) our money.”

Mill­wood and fel­low em­ploy­ees place their chil­dren in re­cre­ation pro­grams and vol­un­teer as coaches.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate all the ex­tra work they did at City Pond,” Re­cre­ation Di­rec­tor Tommy Hai­ley said. “ There are a lot of ar­eas we wouldn’t have cov­ered if they didn’t pick ( up the costs).”

SteelCo cel­e­brated its 10th year in busi­ness last week. The com­pany de­signs, sells and con­structs steel build­ings for a va­ri­ety of busi­ness and per­sonal uses.

The for­mer R. L. Cousins High School Gym, which was ren­o­vated and re­opened in Jan­uary, also won a na­tional award be­cause of its cul­tural and his­toric sig­nif­i­cance to Cov­ing­ton.

Gabriel Khouli/the Cov­ing­ton News

Kale Cur­tis and Tommy Hai­ley, with New­ton County Re­cre­ation, pre­sented a na­tional award to Shane Mill­wood, Denny Hewell and Ja­son Smith of SteelCo Build­ings.

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