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Meet the Parks and Recreation Authority’s new director

The Pike County Parks and Recreation Authority has a new director, Heather Miller.

Heather played softball for Pike County High School and graduated in the Class of 2003 before playing softball for Georgia Southern University from 2003-2007. She earned her business marketing degree at Georgia Southern and worked in contracting for several years and then taught school and coached softball at Strong Rock Christian School for eight years. She is excited to be a part of offering sports and other programs to local citizens.

“I truly believe recreation sports changes lives and I think about where I would have been if it weren’t for sports. We have a great staff in place here and I couldn’t ask for better,” said Heather. “We also have amazing volunteer coaches who make our programs a success. They put a ton of effort and time into teaching our kids and they’ve done a great job.”

Heather said she doesn’t know of any local recreation department that has more than 800 kids sign up for softball and baseball and she hopes to be able to provide additional sports opportunities for local kids – and even senior adults one day.

“I personally want to offer a year-round flag football league for boys and girls through middle school. This gives a year-round option for students who don’t play baseball or softball and flag football is huge for girls right now,” she said.

Heather said she is working with the Department of Natural Resources and the recreation board on plans for a nature trail with work to start in the near future. PCPRA received a $1.5 million grant to purchase 35 acres and create a primitive hike-in campground, disc golf course, a one-mile soft surface trail and bridge, fishing dock and bird blind. Invasive species will be rmoved and native plants placed along the stream.

She said walk ways between the new fields have been paved and almost all the work on that phase of expansion is complete. She says in the future she hopes the recreation authority is able to provide pickleball and/or tennis courts for citizens of all ages to enjoy.

Heather is married to Nathan Miller and they have two sons, Maddox, 10, and Hudson, 12.

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