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Rec center to stay open Sundays
Officials heard from the community, reinstate hours
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Forsyth County News


The Forsyth County Central Park Recreation Center will once again open on Sundays, following just one week of being closed.

The county originally planned to close the center Sundays beginning in April as a cost-saving measure.

Commissioners agreed Thursday in a 3-0 vote, with Pete Amos and Todd Levent absent, to continue keeping the center open from 2 to 6 p.m.

“We heard from the community that having the center available for use on Sundays was very important to them,” said Jerry Kinsey, director of parks and recreation, in a statement.

“In light of this, we are reopening the center on Sundays. We will work to identify other areas through which the cost savings can be achieved.”

Alex Fountain, a homeschool student, said he likes to visit the center once a week to play basketball.

Fountain said he usually comes Saturday mornings, but added he’s happy the center will remain open on Sundays.

“I like it being open because I like having the chance to come on weekends,” he said.

His mother, Stacey, added that keeping the center open on Sundays will be an asset to the basketball players in the summer, since it gives them an air-conditioned place to play.

The original decision to close Sundays, approved in December by commissioners, was intended to save more than $6,000 a year.

At that time, the county also changed some other weekend hours.

The center closes two hours earlier on Fridays, and is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday hours were shifted to an earlier opening, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those changes, determined by monitoring rec center use, will remain in place.