Valdosta Daily Times

April 19, 2013

VLPRA unveils new logo

Christian Malone
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority unveiled its new logo at its monthly meeting on Thursday.

The new logo is navy blue, white and green, and includes the VLPRA name and the slogan “Growing an active community.”

The first place the new logo appears is on the VLPRA’s new bus. It will be gradually phased in, with the old logo gradually phased out.

“The entire team, from rec staff to administrative staff to park staff, had input on what our current mission is and vision statement, and the design of the new logo,” VLPRA director George Page said. “We’re very fortunate to continue to build on the foundation that’s been here for a while, and excited about the new logo and what we’re trying to do. We’ve updated our marketing efforts. ... We want more and more people to know what we do, what our mission is, what we’re about and continue to offer more services to the community.”

The new bus was made by Goshen Coach. It was purchased to replace an old bus that has been retired.

“(The bus is) for our programs. We want to make sure that we have a bus that’s reliable, that we can transport our program participants to (events), whether it’s summer camps, our therapeutics division, seniors,” Page said. “Our other bus is out of service; it’s had many years and many miles on it. It has lived its life. We’re excited with this bus that we can (transport people) for our programs. ... When they ride (on this bus), whether it’s locally or outside of the community, they are on a bus that they can be proud of that’s really nice.”

In the facilities report, Page announced that a local company had been awarded the bid to replace the roof on the gym at the VLPRA’s Forrest Street Complex for $43,500.

Bruce Smith from the City of Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee proposed that a sculpture of a boy and a girl on a see-saw be placed at one corner of McKey Park. The motion passed unanimously. Sculptures could also be placed at other parks in the future.

In the finance report, Mike Walker reported that the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority has, through February, total assets of $3,056,251 and liabilities of $446,534, leaving a fund balance of $2,609,718. After eight months of the fiscal year, the Authority had a total income of $3,887,157, of which $3,274,218 were tax receipts. The VLPRA’s total expenses through the first eight months were $2,339,695, leaving revenue over expenses of $1,547,462.

In his director’s report, Page mentioned that Freedom Park and the South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park, two VLPRA facilities, are hosting a USSSA Southern Elite Eight NIT baseball tournament this weekend. He said there will be a total of 48 teams from Florida, Georgia and Alabama competing, ranging in age from 9-14 years old. He estimated the teams would fill around 1,500 hotel room nights this weekend in Valdosta and Lake Park.

Page also said that Freedom Park would be hosting a big adult men’s and women’s slow-pitch softball tournament June 27-29.

“People love coming to Valdosta, and they love our facilities,” Page said.

Page introduced the VLPRA’s new program coordinator, Sarah Pinson. Pinson told the board she was looking forward to bringing in some new ideas fitness-wise and working with special events.

Pinson mentioned that the Parks and Recreation Authority has teamed up with the South Georgia Classic, First State Bank and Trust Company and Academy Sports to hold a free golf clinic for local children with golfers from the Web.com Tour. Parents may sign their kids up for the clinic at the VLPRA’s main office on Forrest Street, but the registration deadline is today.

The VLPRA’s next meeting will be on May 9 at its Forrest Street offices.