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Watkinsville recognized for its work with disabled community

The city of Watkinsville has earned a Visionary City Award for its work in creating accessible recreation facilities for children and adults with disabilities.

It was one of nine cities presented with the award during the Georgia Municipal Association’s Cities United Summit on January 22. Each city was recognized for actions and initiatives taken that increased civic engagement or created community partnerships.

Watkinsville was acknowledged for its work with Extra Special People, Inc., in creating the Miracle League Ball Field and ADA-accessible Playground of Possibilities. Prior to the creation of these two facilities, people with disabilities had to travel to other cities to visit accessible outdoor recreation facilities. The playground and ballfield were designed to provide a convenient and safe outlet for disabled residents to stay active.

These awards were presented by GMA CEO and Executive Director Larry Hanson and Georgia Trend Co-Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Ben Young.

“The Visionary City Awards are an important annual acknowledgement of the innovative and inspiring work done by cities that helps lead our state forward,” Hanson said.