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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:00 pm

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 What would it take for Watkinsville to have a significant family event once a month?

That was a question posed by the city council last week at a day-long retreat.

Last year, the city of Watkinsville created two new events:

  •  Art in the Park, whereby local photographers showcased and entered into competition their artwork of Watkinsville Woods. For this event, the city partnered with the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation.
  •  EnviroFest, which made conservation, history and a cleanup of Harris Shoals Park fun and engaging. The event was spearheaded by Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission Director Cindy Pritchard, who also assisted with the Watkinsville Christmas Parade.

The private sector had success with First Saturdays, put on by merchants that make up the Watkinsville Trade and Tourism Association, and the Oconee Farmers Market continues to thrive in front of the Oconee County Courthouse.

At the January Watkinsville City Council meeting, Mayor Dave Shearon announced the revival of a history festival and a new Fourth of July foot parade around the streets of Rocket Field.

“Part of our vision is to give people a sense of community,” said Councilman Brian Brodrick, adding that the city needs to attract talented young people who otherwise would relocate to more urban areas.

“It’s important to sell the assets of small-town living,” said Langford Holbrook, a consultant with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

“I want our town to be a place where people really know each other,” said Councilwoman Christine Tucker.

Council members agreed that Watkinsville should preserve its sense of culture and small-town feel.

“I think we should start getting to know our neighbors,” said Massey, who participates in a neighborhood watch.

Council members encouraged more recycling and common-sense conservation.

“I would like us to be on the forefront of being green and sustainable and taking care of what we have,” said Tucker.

The council listed as one of its goals a master plan for Harris Shoals Park that would involve organizations such as the Oconee Lions Club, Watkinsville Garden Club and local Boy Scout troops. 

Brodrick said that if a rails-to-trails ever came to fruition, it would be a transformative opportunity.

“We need to be in a position financially and politically to help our citizens understand it’s important,” he said. “There’s so many reasons that could work well for us.” 

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