Catoosa's Adam Wilson Chosen As Parks And Recreation Director For East Ridge

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Adam Wilson
Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson becomes the new director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of East Ridge effective on Monday. He takes the position that was held by Stump Martin, who died recently.

Mr. Wilson brings nearly 14 years of experience as a professional administrator with Catoosa County Parks and Recreation, officials said. 

Growing up, Mr. Wilson always enjoyed playing sports – so much so that he decided he would seek a teaching degree that would allow him to coach and instruct others playing sports.  Yet a conversation with an enrollment counselor at the University of West Georgia set him on the path to secure a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation.

“I had no idea that Recreation was a degree,” said Mr. Wilson.  He followed his dream and, after his graduation in 2004, he went on to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. 

Officials said, "Mr. Wilson brings experience in organizing youth and adult sports programs, developing partnerships with local businesses to cross-promote tournaments, and assisting with facility renovations and upgrades.  He has long admired Camp Jordan with its proximity to I-75 and believes there are endless opportunities to showcase the unique property.

"With his ultimate goal of offering the best programs at the best possible facilities, Mr. Wilson wants to drive out-of-town visitors to the City of East Ridge through sports tourism. He believes East Ridge has the perfect location - right off I-75, Exit 1, at Camp Jordan - to be the premier facility in the region."

In addition to promoting traditional athletics, Mr. Wilson stated, “I can envision the city of East Ridge offering alternative means of recreation such as a farmer’s market, movies in the park, a concert series and even guided canoe/kayak rides.  I believe in offering programs and after school opportunities for children; thus, I am committed to finding ways to offer camps and extra-curricular opportunities within the city.” 

Mr. Wilson plans to enlist the help of the community to conceivably organize a city wide festival.  He also has ideas on developing more activities for seniors. 

Officials said, "Adam Wilson wants to use his skills to make an impact and wants the citizens to be proud of all of the activities East Ridge will soon have to offer."



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