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Bike share, lacrosse among Forsyth County parks board discussions
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Several improvements to public parks were discussed at a Forsyth County Parks and Recreation board meeting Wednesday, including sharable Greenway bikes, a feeder lacrosse program for a high school being built in southwest Forsyth and a free little library.

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Bike share supported

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Board members approved 4-0, with member Todd Holbrook absent, to move forward with a new bike share program for the Forsyth County Greenway. If approved by county commissioners, the program will begin with 10 bikes at Fowler Park.

The program would allow residents to pay to use a bike, which could be done through an app, and take it on the trail and return it once done. If other locations along the greenway open, bikes could be returned at any location.

Hal Woodyard, who presented before the board, said partnerships with health care providers and bike shops would help with costs.

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Youth lacrosse program approved

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A youth lacrosse feeder program for Denmark High School, which is set to open in southwest Forsyth in August 2018, was also supported 4-0 to add the program to the Forsyth County Youth Lacrosse Association.

“What I see in this county is that we open a high school, then we start a feeder program,” said Patrick Britt, of the group. “I want to start a foundation and get ahead of it so when that high school opens, we’ve been proactive and we can turn something over to that coach that’s been established.”

Britt said the group previously had issues getting field space for practice, but county staff was confident the decision would address the issue.

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Trash plan passed

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In an effort to reduce trash sometimes left at parks after events, a new policy was approved for trash pickup. Under the plan, if fields, sidelines, dugouts and spectator areas aren’t cleaned, booster clubs are responsible.

Wayne Maddox, director of athletics, said teams will be given a warning on the first offense and could lose practices. Taking away games was floated, but Maddox said that would also punish the opposing team by costing a game.

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Free little library gets yes

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Caney Creek will soon have some reading material to go with park amenities, as members approved a Free Little Library.

The libraries, which have popped up across the county, allow park guests to take or leave a book.

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Department recognized

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Parks Director Jim Pryor also told members the department was recently recognized as the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association’s District 7 Agency of the Year for counties with a population over 50,000.