Land do­na­tion to City of Aragon made by for­mer Rock­mart mayor and wife, area to be­come recre­ation ad­di­tion

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City lead­ers and pri­vate in­dus­try have joined forces to move for­ward plans to de­velop a new recre­ation area for the city of Aragon.

For­mer Rock­mart Mayor Cur­tis Lewis and his wife Sue do­nated 6.1 acres of land to Aragon to de­velop a new recre­ation area.

The land is lo­cated on Wil­liams Street and adjacent to the Tom Pittman Recre­ation Cen­ter.

“This is about the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors work­ing to­gether to make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live and play,” said Mayor Ken Suf­fridge in one of his last acts in of­fice.

He went on to say, “this is a project Cur­tis and I have been discussing, off and on for three years, I am very pleased it came to­gether dur­ing my last Coun­cil meet­ing as Mayor.”

“It gives us great pride to be able to do­nate land to the City of Aragon, be­cause pub­lic recre­ation is of para­mount im­por­tance, both for adults and chil­dren,” he said.

The new recre­ation area will be known as the Cur­tis Lewis Recre­ation Area and will be used specif­i­cally for pas­sive recre­ation and park­ing dur­ing the An­nual Aragon BBQ.

Suf­fridge said there is al­ready a mas­ter plan for the area, if the next Mayor and Coun­cil wish to adopt it.

The area will be funded by recre­ation money through the Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax (LOST) pro­gram, and recre­ation monies made avail­able through the Spe­cial Pur­pose Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax (SPLOST) pro­ceeds.

Con­trib­uted photo

For­mer Rock­mart Mayor Cur­tis Lewis and his wife Sue (left) with Mayor Ken Suf­fridge dur­ing the Aragon coun­cil’s fi­nal meet­ing of De­cem­ber.

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