MOULTRIE, Ga. — In mid-July, a town hall meeting in Northwest Moultrie focused on children and youth issues — and several residents voiced concern about the contributions of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Parks and Recreation Authority.
The authority heard the criticisms, and they’ve planned some new activities and programs to begin addressing them.
Residents can see some of what the Rec Authority is working on at an open house event 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Shaw Gym on Seventh Street Northwest.
The event will feature lots of things to do, according to Associate Director Maggie Davidson. The Rec Authority has partnered with the Colquitt County Arts Center and the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System to offer a wide variety of games and other activities.
There will be a parent information booth, and Davidson said she’s hoping to be able to share an update on the authority’s renovation plans.
But she’s going to need something from parents in return. Surveys will be available for parents to tell the authority what kinds of programs they’ll support.
One suggestion that came out of last month’s town hall meeting was a dance to give teens a supervised activity in the evening. So, the authority sponsored one following Community Day Aug. 3. Eight kids showed up, Davidson said.
Along the same lines, the authority continues to hold free play time 3-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Shaw Gym, but only a handful take advantage of it. “It’s open,” Davidson said. “It’s there, but the kids aren’t coming.”
“We’re trying to get more programs and activities started up,” she said, “but we need parent input to do that.”
So be thinking about it: What kinds of activities would your son or daughter participate in? What would you encourage them to participate in?
The enquiring minds at the Recreation Authority want to know.