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Parks and Rec launching new website

HOGANSVILLE – A new website for Troup County Parks and Recreation was unveiled on Thursday, during a Troup County Board of Commissioners meeting in Hogansville.

Troup County Citizen Engagement Specialist Rachel Camp discussed the updated website design. The design now features pictures of children playing sports offered by Troup County Parks and Recreation, a statement from Parks and Recreation Director Cajen Rhodes, easier to navigate webpages and information on facilities and activities. While some of the updates are currently visible on the website, pictures of staff and other information is still being processed. The updated site will not be fully online until next week, according to Camp.

The updated site will still include the online program registration aspect that was implemented early in Rhodes tenure with the county.

“We went to online registration for all of our athletic programs for our winter programs in 2016,” Rhodes said. “… The site is mobile friendly as well, so if you just have a smartphone, you can still access the site. You can still access the online registration module. You can register your child through a smartphone. You don’t have to be sitting in front of a computer.”

Parents will still be able to register for activities at parks and recreation facilities, even following the update.

The update has been months in the making, and Camp said that an update of the county website is also on the horizon.

“When I came in, I started working with Cajen and his staff on gathering information, content and getting to know parks and recreation in order to update their website,” Camp said. “I’ve been gathering all that information and sending it over to Nicky [Nix], who is the web developer that we are working with from the City [of LaGrange], and she is coding it into the website.”

The parks and recreation website has been separate from the county website for years, but part of the planned updates for both will include clearly connecting the webpages.

“We are hoping to bring everyone back under one umbrella, and with Rachel’s expertise, we are able to do that,” Assistant County Manager Eric Mosley said.

Mosley said the county hopes to be able to have a soft launch of an updated county website by the end of the year. One of the stated goals of the updated county website is to make information easy for citizens to locate and access.

The Troup County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at 100 Ridley Avenue.