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Albany Recreation Department making improvements

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Volunteers are helping city workers get one of the city's premier recreation facilities back in shape.

We told you last week. local baseball legend Paul Eames no longer wanted his name on the Paul Eames Sports Complex because it was so rundown.  It's now getting a facelift.  And that's not the only thing recreation and parks department leaders say they're doing to improve the quality of life in Albany.

A lot of Albany people felt the Paul Eames sports complex had become an embarrassment to the city, rather than a point of civic pride. Wednesday a lot of work is being done to the stadium to get it back in shape, as well as other recreation programs.

The huge outfield wall at the main stadium ballpark at the Paul Eames sports complex gets a facelift, and a new coat of paint. Eames himself led the public call to get the park in good shape to host next week's American Legion baseball tournament.

Albany Recreation and Parks Director Suzanne Davis said "Paint that wall, and fix behind home plate, and the new net will go up before the tournament next week."

Leading the volunteers, city workers, and prison crews was Paul Eames son, Glenn Eames. He says the sports complex must be maintained better, so people who live here can enjoy it, and help with future economic development recruiting.

Eames said "If you bring in a delegation that's going to bring in the next Proctor and Gamble or whoever, you want to be able to bring them by here and show them the ball park. The way it was before, you would not dare to bring them by."

Also getting a two million dollar facelift, the Gordon Softball complex. Men's women's and co-ed softball leagues pushed back to the fall to finish construction.

 Davis said "We've moved the fences out at Gordon. We've got a wonderful new basketball court. A fully accessible walking track that's a quarter of a mile all the way around."

The Carver Community Pool will stay open until Labor Day, instead of its usual closing when school starts. And city leaders are considering merging pee wee football with the Pop Warner leagues,  if they can keep the registration fee at $35. That would affect more than 400 youth football players.

People in Albany are calling for quality recreation programs, and city leaders say they are responding.

 Eames said "That's one of the things you want to be able to tout, quality of life."

 Davis said "We are definitely pushing tomorrow. We want everybody to be healthy today, and healthier tomorrow."

Volunteers getting the Paul Eames ballpark more presentable, to show pride in Albany.

13 American Legion teams from across the South will be here July 8th through the 10th for the Paul Eames Baseball tournament, and as you can see a lot of work is being done to make the ball park presentable. A lot of people in Albany want the city to maintain it that way.

Rec Department leaders say they want more people to take advantage of their programs.

They say that will show city leaders that recreation is important to you which could result in more money for recreation programs and upkeep of facilities.

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