When industries consider new sites for plants or facilities, the quality of life issues are high on their list. To lure and keep employees, they want the communities to provide opportunities for leisure and recreation.

That's one reason we're pleased to see work ready to begin on the North Lowndes Recreational Facility. Ground was broken Tuesday for the first phase of this project.

This facility inside the Hahira Industrial Park will provide a place for recreation in the fastest growing part of Lowndes County. The first phase, which will cost $1.5 million, will include a skateboard park, multipurpose field, picnic area, multipurpose complex with three lighted baseball/softball fields and a tennis complex.

This project has been planned for about 10 years. Both county and Hahira officials have promoted the new facility, and it enjoys grassroots support in the Hahira community. The Hahira United Methodist Church presented a $59,900 check from its fund-raisers. Citizens Community Bank in Hahira presented a $25,000 check, and Hahira Mayor Myron Crowe presented a $35,000 check from the city.

By next spring, residents in north Lowndes will find a convenient place to play tennis, baseball and softball. The skateboard park will be welcomed by parents as a safer alternative to streets and sidewalks for their skating children.

Supporters of this park should be congratulated for making this happen.

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