Rutherford County Recreation


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49 years and going strong!

In 1972, the Rutherford County Commission created the Conservation Board to oversee a new program to provide recreational opportunities across our great county. The board tapped Oakland High teacher and head girl’s basketball coach, Ben Cates to lead this newly formed program. Mr. Cates with the Conservation Board’s approval, began to staff Rec leaders at many schools across Rutherford County. He later added Jr. Pro sports, softball, adult volleyball, and continued to expand the number of locations. Mr. Cates retired 3 years ago and was replaced by Joseph Reed.

Since his employment, Mr. Reed and the Board have employed measures to help keep participants safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. So far, County Rec has been successful at doing our best to keep our participants safe.

Mr. Reed has brought fresh ideas and new programs to County Recreation. He just recently added disc golf at one of our locations with plans to add more over time.  We are proud of our past, but are looking forward to the future of Rutherford County Recreation.