Doak Park transformation continues

May. 20, 2014 @ 10:57 AM

Doak Park has undergone quite the transformation of late.
If brand new playground equipment wasn't enough, Thomasville Parks & Recreation recently added another amenity to its baseball field just in time for Opening Night.
Doak Park's baseball diamond now has a new scoreboard thanks to a fundraising effort and a little help from a community partner. On Friday night, Parks & Rec plan on celebrating the beginning of a new baseball season with something a little out of the ordinary.
Following the second of two games Friday night, Parks & Rec is sponsoring Movie Night at Doak Park with a presentation of “Sandlot.”
“It's something different and out of the box,” said Vince Brown, Parks & Rec athletic director. “We’ve done outdoor movies at different parks for different occasions. It's kind of like an Opening Night celebration.”
Thomasville Rotary Club in 2012 led a community-wide effort to raise money for new playground equipment at all seven city parks. The initiative helped Thomasville receive recognition as an “All-America City” a year ago from the National Civic League.
With more to do at the Doak Park, Parks & Rec came up with a fundraiser idea that incorporated the spirit of baseball with community partners. A pennant program allowed local businesses to purchase advertising at the park that also would be used to help pay for renovation projects.
“We take that money and put it into an account for park improvements,” Brown said. “We've got projects planned as we go along,”
When expenses for a new scoreboard continued to escalate, Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center stepped in and covered the remaining costs.
“They pitched in enough to set off some of the costs quite a bit for us,” said Brown.
Use of the Doak Park has increased dramatically since the installation of the new playground equipment, Brown said. Parks & Rec has other projects planned for the park, including resurfacing the basketball court. Plans also are in the works for possibly doing “movie nights” at other city parks and Cushwa Stadium.
Pennant sponsorships are available for $300 a year or $500 for three years. For more information, call Brown at 336-475-4287.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or