Swimming just one of many options Cherokee County parks can offer
by Emily Horos
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6-28-13 Swimming Fun 03.Austin Estes, 13, son of local resident Matthew Hall, takes off down the slide at the outdoor pool at the Cherokee Aquatics Center. Staff/Todd Hull
6-28-13 Swimming Fun 03.Austin Estes, 13, son of local resident Matthew Hall, takes off down the slide at the outdoor pool at the Cherokee Aquatics Center. Staff/Todd Hull
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Cherokee County might be receiving a record amount of rain this summer, but that isn’t keeping people out of the parks.

Bryan Reynolds, the director of the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency, said that all of the county’s facilities have been in use and despite a tornado passing through, there has been very little damage.

“Despite the rain and all, it’s been a very busy summer for us,” said Reynolds. “We were very fortunate. We only had one down tree in a park. It came down and knocked down a fence, but we already cut it up and moved it all. We have been very lucky considering.”

The new aquatic center in Holly Springs has had its outdoor area at or near its capacity of 550 people each day.

“The outdoor pool has been very popular for the whole summer,” said Reynolds. “We have been very busy.”

The outdoor area, which is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 6 p.m., features a pool with a slide, a lazy river and a splash area.

The aquatics center held its first of two “dive-in movies” at the end of June and another is scheduled for July 20.

The county will host a few more baseball and softball tournaments before the summer is over, but summer camps will continue to be one of the biggest draws.

“Camps will continue to be very popular until school comes back,” said Reynolds. “That will pretty much take up the rest of the summer for us.”

Some of the camp offerings include tennis and fishing. Teen Adventure Camp, which was held at the end of June, took a group of teens to destinations such as Six Flags in Austell, a zipline course in Carrollton, tubing in Helen, whitewater rafting in Blue Ridge and Six Flags Whitewater in Marietta. Waterlogged camp, which held one session in early June and has another from July 15-19, takes campers ages 8-12 to some of the area’s top water attractions including Six Flags Whitewater, Lake Lanier Islands Water Park, tubing and the aquatics center.

In addition to youth activities, the adults have been having fun too. Summer kickball and softball are in full swing. Meanwhile, Blankets Creek Bike Trails remain popular and are drawing visitors from outside Cherokee County.

Since July is National Recreation and Parks Month, Reynolds encourages county residents to get out and see what the area has to offer if they haven’t done so in a while.

“I think everybody should try to visit one of our parks this month,” he said. “Go online and find out what we have to offer and what interests them. There is a pretty good chance you will find it in a park whether it is walking or running or bicycling or horseback riding or a pool, disc golf. There is a pretty good chance that we have it in one of our parks. July is National Recreation and Parks Month, so we want people to get out and go to the parks as much as they can.”

Information on Cherokee County’s parks can be found at crpa.net.

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