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Stevie Young
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200C S. Madison Ave.
Douglas, GA  31533

Ph: (912) 384-5978
Fx: (912) 384-2489

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Parks and Recreation Department supports programs and services that contribute to healthy lifestyles for citizens. These include:

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GEORGIA RECREATION & PARKS ASSOCIATION CHANGES AGE CONTROL DATE FOR SOME YOUTH SPORTS
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Sports effected will be 2019 Baseball, Softball, Football/Cheer and Soccer

Douglas Coffee County Parks and Recreation Department has been notified by the Georgia Recreation & Parks Association (GRPA) that a new age control date for 2019 Baseball, Softball, Football/Cheerleading, and Soccer youth sports will be effective beginning with basketball registration which begins September 17, 2018. 

GRPA is the governing body for most recreation level sports programs in Georgia and DCCPRD follows the guidelines set forth by the GRPA for Douglas-Coffee County Parks and Recreation sports programs.  A recent rule change made by GRPA will establish a universal age control date of September 1 for all sports programs starting in 2019.  This new date will be consistent with the age control date for school, and will allow for children in the same grade to be in the same age division in sports programs.  It will also eliminate the current system of different age control dates for each sport, allowing a child to be in the same age division for each sport during the same year.

“Please understand that this change was made on the state level and we deeply regret that any children will be adversely affected by the implementation of this rule,” says Stevie Young, Parks and Recreation Director.  “However, we have to follow the rule that will be in effect for the basketball season.  In the long run, this will be a good change and will simplify the age control date and make the ages for different programs more consistent.”

Many baseball and softball players will be adversely affected.  Any baseball player with a date of birth between May 1 (the current age control date) and September 1 (the 2019 age control date), will be one year older by this rule and will lose a year of eligibility.  For example, a player that turns 13 years old on May 2, 2018, will be a 12 year old under the current May 1 age control date, but will turn 14 years old prior to the new age control date of September 1 in 2019 and will be a 14 year old, skipping his 13 year old season.  It will be the same for softball players born between January 1 (the current age control date) and September 1 in 2019.  Those players will also lose a year of eligibility under the new age control date.  On a positive note, the new age control date will also make some children eligible to participate a year sooner than under the current age control dates.

For additional information, please contact the Recreation Department at (912)384-5978 or email .



SOUTHWIRE MAKES DONATION TO MIRACLE FIELD
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Pictured: L-R Willis Crockett (Parks & Recreation Asst. Director), Matt Stokes (Plant 2 Mold Cure Operator - Southwire), Angie Ragsdale (Human Resources - Southwire), Mayor Tony Paulk, Mark Adams (Supervisor - Southwire), Mayor Pro Tem Kentaiwon Durham, and Charlie Davis (City Manager).

City leaders accepted a donation from Southwire’s vendors and employees for the construction of the Douglas Miracle Field on Friday, June 29, 2018.  “This donation will help the late Commissioner Johnnie Lee Roper’s dream become a reality,”  says Douglas Mayor Tony Paulk.  “Without strong community partnerships with businesses like Southwire, we would not be able to start this project that will benefit special needs children and adults in our community as well as surrounding communities.”  Special thanks to Southwire for the donation.


WASTE INDUSTRIES DONATES TO DOUGLAS MIRACLE FIELD
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Pictured: Mayor Pro Tem Kentaiwon Durham, Stevie Young (Parks & Recreation Director), Mandy Renova (Waste Industries), Lisa White (Waste Industries), and Mayor Tony Paulk.

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the City of Douglas Commission meeting, Waste Industries presented the City and Douglas-Coffee County Parks and Recreation with a donation of $5,000 for the Douglas Miracle Field.  The Douglas Miracle Field is slated to begin construction in Fall 2018.  The Miracle Field will be a playground and baseball field for special needs children and adults.   Special thanks to Waste Industries for the donation.


DONATE TODAY TO THE MIRACLE FIELD FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND ADULTS
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Miracle League of Douglas-Coffee County hopes to raise $19,280!

Since 1998, the Miracle League has been committed to providing opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball and simply be a kid. With the help of dedicated supporters, volunteers, and staff, Douglas-Coffee County is going to be adding their own branch of the Miracle League. To make their vision a reality, the county wants to add an inclusive playground where children of all backgrounds can play together.

The new Miracle League of Douglas-Coffee County (MLDC) will remove barriers that keep individuals with mental and physical disabilities off of the baseball diamond. This will allow them to experience the joy of participating in the game while making friends, building self-esteem, and being treated equally with other athletes.

As well as providing opportunities through baseball and promoting community support of Miracle Leagues, the organization also works to promote the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families. “We aspire to create a place that goes beyond minimum accessibility to create play experiences that meet a variety of needs and interests,” said Stevie Young, the City of Douglas Recreation Director. An inclusive playground would encourage such an environment.

To afford the significant costs of planning and constructing the new playground, the MLDC has established an online fundraiser through RedBasket.org. They hope to raise $19,280. Meeting their goal will allow the MLDC to create a universally-designed, sensory-rich environment that encourages children to develop physically, socially, and emotionally.  

To make a donation today, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 912-384-5978.


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