CANTON, GA (November 29, 2023) – Cherokee Recreation and Parks was honored earlier this month with several awards at the Georgia Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Conference.

SOURCE: Special Event (Cherokee Co)
TRopical Oasis Night

Outstanding Special Event (Cherokee Co.), TRopical Oasis Night

The conference took place November 6-9 in Athens, Georgia, and drew attendees from park agencies in both cities and counties throughout the state.

Of the awards received, Cherokee Recreation and Parks earned Outstanding Program for TRopical Night at the Oasis at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center. The program is designed for individuals with special needs and includes a night of swimming, games, and fun at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center’s indoor recreational pool.


“We are very honored to have received this award,” said Cherokee Recreation and Parks Director Jay Worley. “We have accomplished so much this year, and it is all in part to our hard-working staff who continue to take on new projects with excitement and enthusiasm.”

Other awards received include Yvonne Curtis being named Volunteer of the Year. Curtis volunteers for Cherokee Recreation and Parks’ Youth Athletics Programs specifically Georgia Academy Baseball where she serves as the team visibility committee chair ensuring the organization’s presence across multiple platforms.



Located 30 miles north of downtown Atlanta, Cherokee County is part of the 11-county metro-Atlanta area. Cherokee County boasts a population of more than 279,000, according to the 2022 Atlanta Regional Commission population estimates. It is the one of the fastest growing counties in the metro region and its overall Board of Commissioners-controlled tax burden per capita is one of the lowest in the region. Cherokee County has world-class parks and recreational facilities, is a destination for corporate headquarters and is a great place to live, work and play. Cherokee County is the best of both worlds because it’s where “Metro Meets the Mountains.” Learn more at






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