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Wherever you live in Coweta, there’s a rec department facility nearby By Alex McRae

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reat shopping, fine dining and a wealth of lifestyle choices aren’t the only reasons thousands of newcomers have flocked to Coweta County in recent years. A wellrounded community also offers firstrate recreational opportunities and Coweta has something for every

Falcons defender Austin O'Brien reaches out to get a hand on Titans running back Graden Treadwell during the 1112-year-old Super Bowl game at the Coweta County Recreation Department last fall.

member of the family. As the summer of 2010 began, local kids were thrilled when the county’s newest recreational offering – the Lynch Park Pool – opened to the

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The water slide is without a doubt the most popular attraction at the new Lynch Park Pool.

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[Sports & Leisure] public in downtown Newnan. The pool’s water slide became

and grownups can enjoy adult-only

county and walking trails are

swims each Friday morning. The

available at many venues.

an instant hit and youngsters and

pool may also be rented for private

adults alike quickly learned to love

Saturday evening parties.

“No matter where you live in Coweta County, there is a

cooling off under the

recreational facility close to

mushroom water fountain

you,� said Carl McKnight,

or swimming laps to stay

director of the Coweta

in shape.

County Parks and Recreation

“We tried to design it

Department. “We ask what

to accommodate different

people want and then try to

users and activities,� said

provide it. We have

Cleatus Phillips, Newnan’s

thousands of people taking

director of Community

part in programs sponsored

Development. “We tried

by the county recreation

to make it versatile.�

department every year.�

The Lynch Park Pool is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday

The Temple Avenue Melanie Gramling, program director for the swimming pool at Willie Lynch Park, shows off the new pool's mushroom water feature.

and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, making it

Team sports are also a major

Complex, located on Hospital Road, caters to those seeking to stay fit or

looking to have fun. The complex

easy to work off a few of those

focus of local recreational offerings.

features a gymnasium, meeting

Sunday dinner calories.

Sports facilities including football

rooms, a kitchen, three tennis

fields, softball fields and baseball

courts, one football field, seven

diamonds are spread across the

baseball fields, one softball field, an

Swimming lessons are offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings,

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[Sports & Leisure] softball fields, a special needs field, four youth baseball/softball fields, a walking trail and two tennis courts. The Clay-Wood Community Center, located at 135 Heery Rd. on Coweta’s west side, is a full-service community facility that includes a learning lab, conference room, kitchen and large meeting room. Recreational areas include a gymnasium with a weight room, locker rooms and a basketball court. Outdoor amenities include a playground, two tennis courts, a basketball court and a pavilion with picnic tables. Team sports for children age 4 through adults are offered through both the Parks and Recreation Department and volunteer, nonprofit organizations who partner with the county to use local facilities. Team sports include T-Ball, YAA baseball (formerly Pony League), Little League, AABC baseball, basketball, men’s and women’s softball, flag and tackle football, cheerleading, soccer and volleyball.

A free basketball camp for youth was held at the Clay-Wood Center in December with instruction provided by members of the University of West Georgia Wolves basketball team.

outdoor pavilion, the Tommy Thompson Senior Center and the Art House. The Complex’s Johnny Brown Center offers a large space for meetings and classes, including dog obedience, square dance and baton instruction. The Hunter Complex on east Highway 16 offers three football fields, a gymnasium, two adult

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The 9-10-year-old Spurs basketball team played in the Coweta Recreation Department’s winter league. Team members included, at front, Frances Powell, Jocilyn Burston, April Peek, Kaylen Madrey; and at back,Coach André Sparks, Amelia Smith, Miranda Hill, Alexis Estrada and Kenyia Morrow.


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[Sports & Leisure] “We know how important offering good recreational facilities are and we make an effort to give people what they want,” said McKnight. “And we don’t just settle for what’s in place. We are always ready to provide new activities and courses when we see the need. I think we’ve done a good job of that.

Recent dog obedience class graduates at the Coweta Recreation Department included, from left, Jacob McIntyre and Sirus, Debbie Martin and Thorr, George Hart and Jake, and John Hallam and Lula.

When it comes to recreation, we really feel like we can offer something for everyone.” Mommy & Me courses and classes in art, dance, karate and kickboxing are also offered through the county. For more information about county recreation programs, call 770-254-3750 or 770-254-3740. Those who prefer to spend their leisure time in the great outdoors will want to take advantage of the new 3,300-acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park, which is currently under construction in north Coweta along

Coweta County has two

popular facilities for residents to host weddings, receptions, banquets, birthday parties, family reunions, meetings and more! The Asa M. Powell, Sr. Expo Center is located on Temple Avenue in Newnan ...

the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Chattahoochee Bend is the sixth largest park in the Georgia parks system and the first new state park built in Georgia in 40 years. Miles of hiking trails are already being cleared and when completed, the park will also include a visitor center and camping options that include RV camping, platform and pioneer camping. There will also be areas for daily use, a playground, a boat ramp and residences for park

...and the Coweta County Fairgrounds and Conference Center is located on Pine Road in Newnan.

staff. Chattahoochee Bend State Park is scheduled to officially open in July 2011, and state employees and

For information on booking call Karen Beatenbough at the Fairgrounds (770-254-2685) or Patricia Hood (770-252-6429) at the Expo Center.

volunteers are working each day to make sure it does. If recreational activities are an important part of your active lifestyle, you won’t find life any better than right here in Coweta County.

The Coweta County Fairgrounds & Conference Center 275 Pine Road, Newnan

The Asa M. Powell, Sr. Expo Center 197 Temple Ave., Newnan

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A ‘Love’ for Tennis in Coweta By Kimberly Campbell

een anyone toting a

meaning, there are grandpas who

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racquet lately? With metro

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dubbed the “Tennis

time. In tennis, youth doesn’t

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Capital of the World,” it

necessarily matter because if you

Newnan Country Club

practice you can continually improve

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people ranging in age from eight to

your game, adding variety and

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eighty playing tennis all over Coweta

incorporating strategies.

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should be no surprise to see

County. It’s a trend that’s growing. Some of your friends and neighbors

Finding ways to play is easy. There are several recreational leagues:

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already know the secret—tennis is a perfect way to get fit, meet new

• Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association

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people, have fun, socialize and learn

(ALTA)

Coweta County Parks and Recreation

the value of teamwork. Tennis has

• The United States Tennis

39 Hospital Road

been called the sport of a lifetime.

Association (USTA)

Newnan, Georgia 30263

This game can change your life!

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Seriously, tennis is a sport for

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• Beyond Atlanta Ladies League

So if you’re not playing tennis

everyone, no matter your age or skill

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balls, and head to the courts. Bring a

happily, there are leagues for those just starting to play as well as ones

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people who would love to meet you.

that cater to teaching pros and ex-

Some local facilities offer lessons,

collegiate players. Oftentimes skill

round robins, drills and clinics, as well

Anna Marie, are also active members

has nothing to do with age –

as social tournaments. Places to play:

of the United States Tennis Association.

The author and her daughter,

Thuy Hollenbeck Played since: I played in high school in Faribault, Minn. Then, in 2008, ALTA and USTA leagues. Reasons I play: Began playing again in 2008 when my little girl started kindergarten and my little boy started preschool. I finally had some extra time on my hands and wanted a change from my regular workout routine. Favorite tennis memory: My

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dad taking my five brothers and me to the courts to play when I was about 5 or 6. He said he would take us to Dairy Queen afterwards if we played well. We would always go, even if I didn’t hit one ball over the net! Favorite player on the pro tour and why: Lleyton Hewitt. Because he is really hot. Elena Dementieva. Because of her powerful and pretty ground strokes.


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Mubashir Anwar watched every match on television. I learned how to play just by watching. The game has always interested me. Now that I am PTR Certified (professional level), I love coaching kids and being able to give them the opportunity to be taught properly – something I never had.

and counting).

Favorite tennis memory: In 2010, I hung out with Jennifer Capriati in South Beach, Fla.

Age: 36

Favorite player on the pro tour and why: Roger Federer. Because of the legacy (16 Grand Slam singles titles . . .

Level: 4.0 USTA

Favorite shot to hit: Forehand – when I want to hit hard and end the point. Tennis philosophy: Stay cool and calm. Don’t let the moment get you too worked up.

Racquet: Babolat

Home Court: Summit Family YMCA

Played since: 1989, in high school at Georgia Military Prep School. I went on to play at the Georgia Military College. Reasons I play: When I was younger and living in Saudi Arabia, I never touched a tennis racquet but I

Favorite shot to hit: Forehand down the line and inside out forehand, but anything over the net and in is good too!

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Tennis philosophy: Smile. It’s just tennis. Age: 36 Racquet: Head Level: 4.0 USTA

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Butch Jones Played since: Early 1980s with my wife, Gail. We used wooden racquets back then, and played just for fun. When we retired, we took drills and then joined USTA and ALTA teams in 2006.

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country but tennis is my favorite! There is nothing better then a beautiful spring day on the tennis court with friends! It’s a sport that I really enjoy and always have.

Played since: I was five years old. My mom and dad both enjoy playing so I learned how at a young age. Reasons I play: Sports have been important to me my whole life. I have played soccer, volleyball and run cross

Favorite tennis memory: Elizabeth Rand and I were 10 and about to start a USTA doubles match. We were playing older girls and were pretty nervous. When Elizabeth opened the can of balls, she cut her hand. She started bleeding and had to bandage her hand before playing. This made us even more nervous, but we were able to win the match. We are doubles partners on the Newnan High School tennis team and still laugh


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Favorite player on the pro tour and why: Roger Federer. Because of his attitude and character. Favorite shot to hit: Anything that hits in the court! Tennis philosophy: I’ve never gotten a check after any match. It’s all for fun. My wife has taught me the three C’s: Be cool. Be calm. Be collected. That’s me! Age: 70

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about it while opening the can before our matches. My other favorite memory is winning the Molly Shepard tennis tournament when I was 13 years old at Newnan Country Club on the hottest day ever – about 97 degrees! Favorite player on the pro tour and why: Novak Djokovic. He is an amazing player and is very competitive. To me, what sets him apart from the other great players is his wit and sense of humor. I think his impersonations of other pro tennis players are hilarious. Favorite shot to hit: Forehand down the line. In doubles this shot is a definite winner nearly every time if you have the confidence to go for it. Tennis philosophy: Stay positive. Chances are that getting angry will only make things worse. Make your opponent beat you; never beat yourself.

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