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Rec. Dept. and Boys & Girls Club in limbo

There are at least two community youth programs that remain uncertain about their upcoming programming plans. Neither the Grady County Recreation Department nor the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club of Cairo and Grady County are sure of their reopening plans.
Becky Bracewell, recreation director for Grady County, says she is meeting with state and regional officials with Georgia Parks and Recreation to determine what “open” means in the age of the new coronavirus. Governor Brian Kemp has said they can open on May 13, Bracewell reports.
Barber Park is undergoing upgrades, including the resurfacing of the tennis courts, which will allow for the introduction of the paddleball sport, pickleball. Also, the softball tower is undergoing a revitalization, the first in 30 years, Bracewell says.
Meanwhile, at Cairo’s Holder Park, the Boys & Girls Club has been closed since schools were closed due to the pandemic on March 16. Club staff members have worked to keep in contact with members over the telephone or internet and have worked to continue some of the club’s programming, according to Stephen Francis, club director.
“The Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors is still currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely. Although we remain optimistic and are in the process of planning, no definite decision has been made regarding the 2020 Summer Program at this time,” Francis states.

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