The North Bryan County Recreation Department held a ribbon cutting for its new turf football field Oct. 21 at Hendrix Park.
NCAA football hall of famer Adrian Peterson, a former Georgia Southern Star and specialist for the Chicago Bears, cut a football-patterned ribbon with giant scissors to signify the opening of the field. Children and adults alike got out of school and work early to snag Peterson’s autograph on footballs, posters, and t-shirts.
“For a young man who played sports from the age of 5, sports taught me how to be a leader. It taught me how to win and how to lose. Sports keep kids out of trouble. I’m honored to be a part of it,” Peterson said.
The Hendrix Park renovations include the turf field, new bathrooms, new concession stands, and LED lighting totaled 1.1 million dollars and was funded by SPLOST. From start to finish, the project took around ten weeks to complete.
These facilities are used for recreation soccer and football primarily but are open to the public and available for rental. In a years’ time, the field will serve between 1,500-2,000 youth.
There are plans to open two more turf fields in south Bryan County according to Bryan County Parks and Recreation Director Dr. Samose Mays. Hendrix park staff provided hot dogs and refreshments after the ceremony.