At the Columbus Lowndes Recreation Authority’s first regular meeting of 2015, Executive Director Greg Lewis reported on the CLRA’s accomplishments last year and goals for the new year.
“It’s the beginning of the year, and we wanted to look back at what we did last year and what’s in the future,” Lewis said. “We increased the asphalt on the Highway 82 entrance of the soccer complex. That’s the back side that comes down past the new construction of the river walk. Construction of the walking trail there has actually been completed but there are some other things they want to do, like some landscaping, before that’s opened up. We prepared the Cook soccer fields for the President’s Cup, because we did not have enough fields at the soccer complex, and we were quite successful in doing that. We hosted both the President’s and Coach’s Cup soccer tournaments. We completed the asbestos removal at the old Crawford school building and constructed and lit a walking track at the New Hope Community Center. We purchased two additional lots at the soccer complex, and I talked to (District 1 Supervisor and Board President Harry Sanders) and he told me to let him know when others become available and they would try to secure those properties for us. We also improved the lighting on Coretta Street, and now it’s lit up. We also have the new Dog Park at the soccer complex.
“In 2015 we want to complete the Plum Grove baseball field and the Sim Scott exercise program,” he said. “We want to complete construction of the Caledonia and Blaylock community centers, and secure MSA district tournaments. That’s usually between 50 and 60 teams, and is April 17-19. I have prepared bids for other tournaments, and of course they are competitive and many organizations are trying to get those. I also bid on the Division I state cup. I will continue to lobby for the playground at the soccer complex, and the Field of Dreams for children with special needs. We’ve spent a lot of time at the soccer complex, and we have heard from the baseball parents that they want to be remembered, too. We’re going to continue to lobby in 2015 for those improvements.”0