CONYERS — A small group of Rockdale County residents braved the hot, late afternoon sun and a brisk wind Monday to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Johnson Park Recreation Center expansion.

The $2.8 million renovation project funded by SPLOST will include a new gymnasium with an indoor walking track, offices, a weight room and meeting rooms, a pool deck expansion with team meeting rooms, as well as renovations to convert existing storage space into a family changing area with lockers and shower rooms.

Sue Sanders, director of Recreation and Maintenance for the county, said the project is being made possible by funding from both the 2011 and 2017 SPLOSTs, as well as impact fees.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.