The GRPA named Roswell's Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department as the best in the state.
Photo: AJC file
Photo: AJC file

Roswell Parks and Rec named best in Georgia

Roswell has something that was recognized as the best in the state of Georgia.

It isn’t a building, or a person or a business. It’s a department.

Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs Department was recently named Best Recreation and Parks Department in the state by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. Roswell received the 2017 Agency of the Year Award for the 80,001–150,000 population category.

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The GRPA Agency of the Year Award acknowledges agencies for excellence and leadership in providing quality recreation parks, programs and services to their citizens. Roswell has won the GRPA Agency of the Year nine times.

“2017 has been a banner year for Roswell, and I could not be more excited,” Jeff Pruitt, Roswell’s interim director of the department, said in a statement. “I am constantly amazed by the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers.”

Roswell’s Strokes Camp, a popular summer camp program, was also recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Program of the Year. The focus of Strokes Camp allows children ages 5 to 8 to learn groundstrokes in tennis, brushstrokes in art and swim strokes in swimming.

Roswell’s state honor comes just one month after the National Recreation and Parks Association recognized Roswell’s department as best in the nation.

To learn more about the City of Roswell’s Recreation and Parks Department, visit

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