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Rec directors contributions recognized
North Bryan County Recreation Director Pratt Lockwood, center, shows off recently his award from the Georgia Recreation and Park Association. - photo by Photo provided.
Pratt Lockwood, recreation director for North Bryan County Recreation, received the James Colley Award at the District 2 Georgia Parks and Recreation Association annual meeting on Aug. 11.
This award recognizes a professional who has made outstanding and lasting contributions to leisure services and is the highest honor bestowed on a district professional.
Lockwood has severed Bryan County since Aug. 9, 1982. When he began, North Bryan (Pembroke) had a football field, tennis court and one baseball field.
He was also responsible for South Bryan County (Richmond Hill), which had a football field, tennis court and two baseball fields. He has worked with both cities, both youth associations, the county and limited employees to bring them where they are now.
On the north end, Hendrix Park has been developed into a 100-acre park with two four-field baseball/softball complexes, football field, soccer complex, gymnasium, tennis courts, lake and an interactive electronic-physical game (neo machine). The park’s activities include baseball, softball, soccer, football, basketball and roller skating with participation in the hundreds.
On the south end, Richmond Hill has developed the original 66-acre park to include two football fields, a three-field complex, four-field complex, two prep-level fields, six tennis courts, covered batting cages and two gyms.
In addition, a new 124-acre park is being developed and has a four-field soccer complex, two of which are multi-purpose football/soccer synthetic turf fields, three youth softball fields, two adult softball fields, one full size baseball field, lakes and jogging and equestrian trails.
The south end programs include baseball, football, soccer, softball basketball, roller skating and adult softball with participation well over a thousand.
While overseeing all of these, Lockwood wore many hats. He also was responsible for transportation, summer lunch programs and seniors for many years. Congratulations and thanks go out to Lockwood on receiving such an honor and for serving the citizens of Bryan County for so many years.
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