Tucker Times - May 2018

Tucker Times Covering Tucker, Northlake, Clarkston and Stone Mountain • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 5 • MAY 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Tucker’s Cara Schroeder Honored for Commitment to Parks & Community Cara Schroeder (fourth from right, front row) with other 2018 Inspiration Award honorees. Photo provided by Park Pride. Friends of Henderson Park co-leader Cara Schroeder was recognized by Park Pride with their annual Inspira- tion Award for her commitment to nurturing and strength- ening the bonds between parks and communities. Schroeder was one of six community leaders for greenspace to be honored in front of over 4oo hundred park enthusiasts during the 17th annual Parks & Greens- pace Conference at Atlanta Botanical Garden, March 26. Park Pride’s Annual Inspiration Awards honor leaders (including community individuals, business or govern- mental representatives) who inspire others to expand and improve public parks and greenspaces, work to raise aware- ness about critical, system-wide park issues, and demon- strate a profound commitment to strengthening the con- nection between parks and their surrounding community. Criteria considered for Inspiration Awards nominees included leadership, long-term commitment, tangible results, innovation and alignment with conference theme- Parks & the Resilient city. Continued on page 4 Tucker in First Year Managing Rec Center Citizens stand before their Tucker Recreation Center in January as transition year begins. (City of Tucker) The year 2018 has been notable as when Tucker offi- cially assumed operation of its Recreation Center. The most utilized recreation center in the county, DeKalb has managed the facility until this year began. Since Parks & Recreation Director Rip Robertson and Recreation Leader Tom McDermott have assumed respon- sibilities over the center, the transition has been seamless. Robertson, who has more than 20 years of experience as a recreation professional in Doraville and Hapeville, had pre- pared for this county-city transition since summer of last year. “We have engaged the community and identified things that are working, as well as things that need to change,” says Robertson. “We will continue to seek input from Tucker’s residents as we begin to make improvements to this facility.” Continued on page 4