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The Douglas County Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Henry Mitchell, III and the Board of Commissioners held a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the newly renovated tennis courts at Deer Lick Park on Friday, December 11, 2020.
While wearing masks and maintaining social distance, the Board of Commissioners, Parks and Recreation Staff, and members of the community joined to celebrate the finished construction of five new tennis courts, picnic pavilion, restroom facility, and state of the art lighting. These improvements to Deer Lick Park would not have been possible without the approval of the 2016 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). During the ceremony, Board of Commissioners Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones, Vice Chairman and District 2 Commissioner Kelly Robinson, District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell, III, and District 3 Commissioner Tarenia Carthan all made remarks acknowledging the tremendous support of the community based on the 2016 SPLOST.
“The Deer Lick Park Tennis Courts had many issues and it was time to create this newness and make updates to the park. With the support of the community by approving the SPLOST and providing their pennies, they’re seeing where their pennies are going,” Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Henry Mitchell, III said. “I want to thank the community for entrusting this Board and supporting this whole venture. Your pennies have done well.”
According to the SPLOST Project Manager Terry Gable, this was one of the top projects for the Parks and Recreation Department. “It was a 7-month process which began in the month of March,” Gable said. “The design team was Carter Watkins Associates and the contractor was Integrated Construction and Nobility, Inc.”
Vice Chairman and District 2 Commissioner Kelly Robinson encouraged District 2 residents and all Douglas County citizens to engage and take advantage of the new facility created by their tax dollars.
Deer Lick Park is located at 2105 Mack Road, Douglasville, Georgia 30135.
On November 8, 2016, the voters of Douglas County approved a one-cent increase to the existing 6% Douglas County sales tax, labeled Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) allocated to Fire/EMS, Transportation & Parks & Recreation projects throughout Douglas County.
Pictured from left to right: (District 3 Commissioner Tarenia Carthan, Chad Griffin, Ruben Tillman, Gary Dukes, Vice Chairman/District 2 Commissioner Kelly Robinson, District 1 Henry Mitchell, III, David Good, Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones, Terry Gable, and Kristy Walker)
Drone photography taken by dctv23 Station Manager TJ Jaglinski.