Renovations and updates were recently completed at Bryan County’s Hendrix Park in Black Creek, including new artificial turf on the existing football field.
The work on the field is complete just in time for the new recreation football season, and teams are scheduled to christen the field on Labor Day weekend.
The upgraded Hendrix Park is a 100-plus-acre facility with amenities that include a 1.6- mile walking/running track, gymnasium, football fields, soccer fields, baseball/softball complexes, covered picnic shelters, two tennis courts and a playground area.
“The new turf field looks wonderful, and we’re so excited to see our young athletes enjoy these updates and play in and on facilities that are truly on par with the great programs we provide,” Bryan County Recreation Director Dr. Samose L. Mays said.
The upgrades are an effort Bryan County officials have undertaken to reinvest the energy savings generated by the county’s recent partnership with ABM – a company that specializes in energy-savings projects – into a multitude of capital projects to continue meeting the needs of a rapidly growing population.
The project, which will include 36 of the county’s buildings and facilities, is scheduled for completion in January 2020. Energy and operations savings will be achieved by installing new lighting, HVAC and control upgrades, implementing water conservation methods, repairing and replacing roofs, and sealing building envelopes to control airflow.
The Hendrix Park upgrades were fully funded by the guaranteed energy savings generated by this overall project, according to a press release from the county. Several other county facilities have received much-needed updates or additions from this energy-savings project, as well.
“We thank the county leaders for helping us make these projects happen and our supportive community for trusting us to teach, train and work with your children,” Mays said. “In addition to our football program, this field at Hendrix Park will be used for other sports. It was also done in a way that limits the impact this infrastructure will have on operating costs since the lighting is energy-efficient and the playing surface is maintenance-free. We will be able to focus our staff and resources on other facilities now and continue the cycle of improvement.”
For more information on BCRD, visit www.bryancountyga.org, call 912-858-4640l