The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency Advisory Board heard updates on the progress being made on the L.B. Ahrens Recreation Center to be built at Cherokee Veterans Park.

At the most recent meeting of the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency Advisory Board on Feb. 12, new director Jay Worley provided members updates on how the agency is moving forward in a variety of areas.

“There’s been a lot going on in the past few months,” Worley said.

The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency launched a new website in January, according to Worley, while he said he was also proud of the new “Play Cherokee” publication. Recently, the agency contracted with an outside printing firm that will handle the production process for “Play Cherokee,” along with selling ads for it, of which the parks agency will receive a portion of the revenue generated. Although the new website, www.playcherokee.org is up and running, those who type in the old address, www.crpa.net, will be redirected to the new site. Looking ahead to the near future, Worley said the agency is still in its marketing campaign for a new CRPA logo, with plans to have a meeting on that topic at the end of February.

In addition, Worley said Cherokee Youth Basketball had reached a record high in terms of participation, with 553 teams taking part this season. He said he was proud that not only has it grown to a record size of participation, but also that it runs so well for its size. However, the agency is in the process of interviewing for the position of coordinator for Cherokee Youth Basketball, as its previous coordinator was promoted to the role of Athletic Division Director.

One major sporting event will be coming to Cherokee County in early April, as the board was reminded of the visit from the U.S. Women’s National Softball Team. As the team gets ready for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, a national tour with games scheduled against a multitude of teams, including college softball teams, is underway. On Sunday, April 5, the team is set to make a stop at Twin Creeks Softball Complex in Woodstock for an event, Worley said.

Lastly, Worley said he had recently met with officials from the architectural firm involved in the development of the L.B. Ahrens Recreation Center at Cherokee Veterans Park. The firm’s representatives said all of the necessary construction documents were nearly completed, meaning the project could be moving forward to the next step in the very near future. While the project to develop “The Buzz,” as the planned rec center has also come to be known as, is moving forward. The facility is being named for former Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman L.B. “Buzz” Ahrens. Renovation work is currently underway as well as the Cherokee County Recreation Center, modifying the office space there.

The next meeting of the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency Advisory Board will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.

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