Smith gives parks, rec update

Published 9:06 pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dan Smith, Troy Parks and Recreation director, was the program guest at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday.
But, before Smith talked about the programs that are offered through the Troy Parks and Recreation Department, he complimented the Brundidge County Club on its golf course and Mayor Jimmy Ramage and those who contributed to the Miracle League Field and playground at the Troy Sportsplex.
Smith said the last time he played the Brundidge nine-hole golf course he shot eight under.
“I started with 10 balls and ended with two,” Smith said, laughing. “That’s eight under.”
Smith said Ramage’s contributions and those he coordinated helped make the Miracle League Playground possible.
“The Miracle League Field and playground are heavily used,” Smith said. “This will be the fourth season for the Miracle League and, this year, we have a new team – a Brundidge team. It’s very rewarding to be a part of this program as a volunteer. The players must have a buddy with them at all times so there are many volunteer opportunities.”
Smith said churches, businesses and civic club members often volunteer as buddies for the players and offered that opportunity to the Rotarians.
The Troy Sportsplex also has baseball, softball and soccer fields and walking trails. The Recreation Center has a swimming pool, a water park, indoor walking trail, a basketball court, dressing rooms and meeting facilities.
The newest addition to the Recreation Center is the Health and Wellness Fitness Center, which occupies the former gymnastics center.
“We had this big open area that offered different opportunities and possibilities,” Smith said. “The decision was made to reopen the facility as a Health and Wellness Fitness Center primarily for adults and seniors. We wanted to offer a place for adults and seniors to exercise because, in this time and culture, we have more obesity than ever before and a lot of related sicknesses and illnesses. When people are out of work productivity goes down and costs go up.”
The Health and Wellness Fitness Center is outfitted with machines of the highest standards in engineering and technology. The Fitness Center staff will be on hand to assist participants.
“The staff will talk about the machines and what muscles they work,” Smith said. “They will demonstrate the proper technique for using the machines and will discuss nutrition and the effects it has on the body.”
The Fitness Center will be open daily Monday through Saturday and on Sunday afternoons. Memberships are available at an introductory price at the Troy Parks and Recreation Center.

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