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Hall County decides NOT to close parks or cut recreational programs
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Hall County --  The Hall County Board of Commissioners adopted a plan Aug. 11 to continue county-run park operations without closing additional parks or cutting programs.

Hall County Parks and Leisure Services will increase user fees modestly, reduce expenditures and use $443,094 from the county’s fund balances (savings) to support current programs and facilities this year. This will include closing the main office at 1086 Rainey Street and moving personnel to the community centers. Some part-time positions and hours will be reduced throughout the parks department, and two full-time staff positions will be eliminated.

While exploring privatization options over the past six weeks, the county conducted a thorough analysis of its Parks and Leisure Services personnel, procedures, revenues and expenditures. Though privatization did not occur, this in-depth study enabled the county to restructure the department, identify new revenue sources, and focus on services most valued by park users.

“This detailed examination and evaluation of our Parks and Leisure department will result in a better service for our residents,” Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix said.

Nix’s presentation of the new plan will be posted at www.hallcounty.org/parks.

“When you’re ready to play,” Hall County Parks and Leisure Services offer a variety of quality and affordable recreational opportunities for all residents. Hall County’s 20 parks include two community centers, two dog parks, an RV Park and campground, sprayground, boat ramps, sports complexes, agricultural center, wildlife sanctuary, and an ADA accessible ballfield.

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