RFPRA Tree Dedication to honor John Bennett

As a man whose career has been deeply rooted in improving his community, former City Manager John Bennett will be commended on June 15th at 9:30 a.m. when a tree will be dedicated in his name at the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority Administrative Headquarters.

The ceremony at 1 Shorter Ave. is open to the public. The tree, an Autumn Blaze Maple, will be formally dedicated by City Manager Sammy Rich.

“John was always a big proponent of recreation and he took a lot of pride in our facilities,” said Rich. “I’d put our facilities above any others, and that’s due to his dedication and that of the Parks and Recreation staff.”

Throughout his three-decade career, RFPRA benefited immensely from Bennett’s commitment to the organization and the Parks and Recreation facilities. Bennett was instrumental in various renovations and improvements to Riverview Park, Tolbert Park, Heritage Park, Legion Field, Eagle Park, Parks Hoke Park and Barron Stadium.

Bennett also spearheaded the developments of the River Trail System, Ridge Ferry Park, the Northside Swim Center, the Rome-Floyd Tennis Center, the Fielder Recreation Center, Northside Park, Unity Point Park, the Town Green, Administrative Headquarters and Parks Headquarters.

“By helping to maintain and enhance our parks and facilities, John enriched the lives of people in Rome and Floyd County, and that’s what we are all about,” said Wendy Reid, interim director of RFPRA. “We’re thrilled to be able to honor him in such a fitting and lasting way.”

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