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School's out. Now what?
Parks program, summer series, art camp offers residents wide array of choices this summer
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Rockdale county residents do not have to travel far to find something to do this summer. There is plenty to do right here in the county with the programs offered through the department of Parks and Recreation, The Conyers Main Street Program and the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts.

“People don’t realize that we have a lot of programs available right here in the county,” said Fitzgerald Reed, Rockdale County recreation coordinator. “It’s an opportunity for residents to spend time relaxing or participate in one of the programs that will help them improve their overall health.”

This year, the county is offering a number of new summer programs through its Parks and Recreation department, including archery camp and spa services.

“We wanted to offer different specialties to our citizens,” said Reed. “We tried to offer a variety of programs to the community because we have citizens who have many different interests.”

The archery camp is open to boys and girls ages 10 and up and is offered at the Rockdale Government Annex. The camp teaches students how to perform target archery and the fundamentals of shooting. The Georgia Archery Association will provide each camper with all the needed equipment. For residents interested in the spa service, Heaven Sent Fingers offers services at the Johnson Park.

A licensed, professional staff provides massages, body treatments, facials and nail care. Services are available on Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. Available treatments include a hot stone massage, therapeutic massage, and healing sands manicure and pedicure.

“There is something for everyone,” said Reed. “When you come to the recreation center, it gives you something to do that’s out of the ordinary.”

In addition to the archery program, the county is also offering flag football, basketball, and creative arts camps. For adults, the center offers fitness and swimming classes.

“If you live in Rockdale, it’s close. Our center may not be a big as ones in other places, but we do offer different kinds of programs to our citizens.”

For more information on the programs offered through the county, call the Johnson Park Recreation Center at 770-278-7529.

The Conyers Main Street program kicks off its summer series this year on June 9. The Olde Town summer series, which features family focused events throughout the summer, is held at several venues around the City of Conyers.

“It’s a fantastic summer children’s program. We have a lot of excellent community partnership in the community,” said Monica Coffin, director of the Conyers Main Street program. “We want to offer some fun educational activities for children to participate in during the summer, but we also strive to keep it as affordable as possible.”

Programs range from arts and crafts to sports clinics. One program offered this year is the Safari Adventure, where children make their way through different station learning about different animals along the way. Another is the Hero Club and Pizza Party where kids get to meet and spend time with real life heroes – public safety personnel such as firefighters and police officers. Also included in the series are several golf and tennis clinics.  

“It’s hard to point out one program because we have so many great partners and they had the children and education in mind when they developed the programs,” said Coffin.

Coffin said this year there are at least 20 to 30 more programs than last year, many of which are free to the public. To make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy the event, tickets will be available at the Conyers Welcome center two weeks before the event.

There is a four ticket limit per parent. For more information on the series, call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606.
For residents looking to develop art skills, the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts is offering the ArtSmart summer camp, June 8-11 and June 15-18 at Conyers Middle School.

ArtSmart features drawing, watercolor, acting, pottery, art exploration, acrylics, music exploration, jungle drumming and adventures in art. Tuition starts at $125 and includes supplies, snacks and a pizza party. The camp is open to children 6 – 14 years of age.
For more information on the ArtSmart program, call 770-922-3143.