Monday, March 24, 2014
The Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber presented the Image Award for March to the Town of Kingstree's Parks and Recreation Department. Parks and Recreation's new director, Kelly Alford, explained that his department covers more than just the Kingstree REC on Nelson Blvd. In addition to the Nelson Blvd site, he and Tony McGill are responsible for Kellahan Park, Gilland Park, Welch Park, and the pathway along the canal in downtown Kingstree.
Kingstree Recreation Center offers many recreational activities to the community. Each morning the center is open from 9 am until 1pm for residents to walk. Alford reported that presently more than 200 walkers take advantage of the opportunity to exercise during the week. In addition, the gym is open in the afternoons for basketball and is used primarily by a young local group of men. However Tuesday and Thursdays open gym ball features guys ages 25 and up. Each Thursday morning seniors meet at the center to walk and play bingo. There is no charge for bingo, but participants usually bring prizes that are shared with the group. Of course the big draw to the Kingstree REC is baseball and softball season which begins March 29. Presently around 270 youth 4 to 13 have signed up for approximately 22 teams. Football is featured in the fall. In addition, tennis courts are available at the Kingstree REC and are in the process of being re-furbished. Residents can play tennis during the day or pay a one time fee for playing after dark. Besides the sport related activities, the facility can be rented for events. The town also has two covered picnic sheds that can be used at no cost.
Future plans and opportunities that Alford envision include setting aside funds to update canoeing and kayaking equipment. Kelly said that besides providing canoes for rental, he hopes to provide guided tours along the Scenic Black River. In addition he foresees day camps in the future along with planned activities for an increasing diverse audience. When asked about other thoughts for the future, Alford noted that he wants to provide a safe, clean, outdoor space for the community. While speaking about a clean area, Alford observed that it would be helpful if the community supported this effort by leaving less litter in the parks and along the pathway. In closing, Kelly said that Parks and Recreation is less about what he envisions and more about providing opportunities and serving the community. And speaking of serving the community, Kelly noted that the new sign at the Kingstree REC was an excellent way to promote the community. Kelly Alford invites everyone to enjoy local parks and recreation opportunities and to let him know if there are other ways he can better serve the people of Kingstree.