Wilkes County Recreation Center
completed: January 2003
Wilkes County Board of Commissioners
Anne S. Floyd
Director of Local Government Services
CSRA Regional Development Center
County Recreation Center is truly a story of an old building rising from the
ashes to once again offer health, safety, care and comfort to the young people
of Washington, Georgia.
The Wilkes Academy was established in the mid 1900's which served as a small
primary school in the County. In the 1970's a gymnasium was added to the
expanding campus. Unfortunately, the Wilkes Academy School later closed and the
property began to slump into a state of disrepair and neglect. George Grimaud,
the Chairman of the BOC had a vision for this historic institution. He became
the scriptwriter for a dream come true in the heart of the CSRA.
Us ing CDBG monies, in-kind labor, and matching funds, Wilkes County
commissioned Hill Design Associates to help complete this very important
project. The old metal building formally used as a gymnasium had not only
deteriorated with the lack of use, it suffered a vandalism fire and was
partially destroyed. However, this building was destined to become the new
headquarters for the County Parks and Recreation department.
Working with Phillip Tanner, the Director of Parks and Recreation, we designed
the “Re-creation” of this historic property. The gymnasium was modernized in
every way. We selected and specified a complete commercial kitchen for
concessions and to service the large dining/multipurpose room. We included a new
athletic floor system for the gym as well as retractable and telescoping
basketball goals. On one side of the facility a indoor retractable
batting/pitching cage was installed. Modern CCVT and life safety equipment was
The new Wilkes County Parks and Rec department stands as a shining phoenix and
will be a very impactful landmark in the community for many years to come.