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Rec Center hosts Region 8 meeting

NEWTON, NC (Feb. 5, 2013) – Parks and recreation professionals from seven cities and counties gathered Jan. 31 in Newton. It was the first State Parks and Recreation Regional meeting for Region 8 in the new year.

“Newton was excited and happy to host the first Region 8 meeting of the new year,” Newton Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Carol Stiles, who facilitated the event, said. “We had a productive meeting and I think everyone left with great ideas for implementing new athletic programs and for promoting recreation.”

Participants came from Newton, Hickory, Drexel (Burke County), Alexander County, Granite Falls, Valdese and Morganton to discuss the region’s strategic plan and environmental programs, create workshops, develop athletic programs and promote the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association.

Guest speaker Bob Karriker, a trail developer and builder, covered trail dynamics. Meeting attendees were given a look into the City of Newton’s trails and passive recreation development plan for Jacob Fork Park, and later took a tour of the park.

The next regional meeting is April 25 at the Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground at Kiwanis Park. Until then, the public can enter for a chance to win a 3-foot sub for March Madness. The funds go to the NCRPA. For more information contact Carol Stiles at the Newton Rec Center at 695-4317.