Snapshot Six – October 2018

Hi, I’m Brandon Bartlow, Recreation
Specialist for recreation accessibility and special needs and you’re watching
Snapshot Six. This video will highlight some of the efforts around the Unified Government including Leisure Services’ efforts to help the cognitive disability community with a pilot program for adaptive sports. The Leisure Services Department launched a pilot program for adaptive recreation for adults with
developmental disabilities. This program has allowed persons with cognitive disabilities to experience various sporting activities with modifications
to aid in their success. With the success of the pilot program, several programs for adults with cognitive disabilities are available this winter and include
arts, bingo, nature education, and physical fitness. Leisure Services hopes to grow
programs that enable all persons with disabilities to have a desired and
meaningful leisure experience. For details on the therapeutic recreation
programs, visit The Police Department accepted their
tenth Award with Excellence from CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law
Enforcement Agencies. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office
recently received its third reaccreditation from CALEA, making it one of only
11 accredited Sheriff’s Offices in Georgia. The purpose of CALEA’s
accreditation programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services,
primarily by maintaining standards covering a wide range of up-to-date
public safety initiatives. The process involves not only self evaluation, but a thorough outside review by a team of independent assessors. On September 22, the Leisure Services Department hosted the inaugural Above Athens Balloon Festival at Sandy Creek Park with approximately 6,000 people in
attendance. The highlight of the festival was the five hot-air balloons that provided tethered balloon rides and a concluding balloon glow against the evening sky. Other activities included a kids zone, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful’s Daffodil Disco, and food trucks. The Animal Control Volunteer Facilitator,
a new position created for fiscal year 2019, has coordinated various outreach events with shelter animals to promote adoptions. These efforts have included events at the
Kroger Adopt-a-thon, Athens Pride Festival, Speak Out for Species,
PetSmart Adopt-a-thon, Shop with a Bulldog, Pawtropolis Pool
Party, and the Athenspets Bar Crawl. Athens-Clarke County Transit received
the 2018 Innovative Solutions Award from Metro Magazine for solar lighting
at its bus stops. Transit began installing solar-powered energy sources and has expanded installation to most of its bus shelters and stops. The lighting not only helps
Transit users stay safe as they wait for their bus, but also helps the department
save on energy costs. The Athens In Motion Bicycle and
Pedestrian Master Plan was created to identify clear strategies for improving
active transportation in the area. The plan serves as a guiding document for future implementation of local bicycle and pedestrian projects that can transition from planned facilities into design and construction. Athens In Motion illustrates what Athens-Clarke County hopes to become as it continues to evolve into a more bikable, walkable community and helps identify how the
system should be implemented. A Bicycle Pedestrian and Safety Coordinator will help implement the plan and educate the community to encourage more networked
use and enjoy a safe and active lifestyle. The full bicycle and pedestrian plan is available at Thank you for watching Snapshot Six and we’ll see you next month.

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