Coming Soon: Upgrades to Doug Tew Recreation Center

upgrades to Doug Tew Recreation Center

A much-needed facelift is coming to one of Dothan’s much-used facilities. Residents may have noticed a recent flurry of activity signaling the start of upgrades to Doug Tew Recreation Center.

The details

In early March, the city commissioners approved almost $1 million in funding for upgrades to Doug Tew Recreation Center. Not only will the improvements update the facility in general, they will bring it up to code.

The rec center was originally built in the 1950s, which means overall, the building and its amenities are outdated.

Currently work is beginning on upgrades that will leave the facility compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.

The timing and upgrades to Doug Tew Recreation Center couldn’t have come at a better time. About a year-and-a-half ago, the Dothan Leisure Services Therapeutic Recreation Program found a permanent home at Doug Tew.

The therapeutic recreation program serves the city’s intellectually challenged individuals through a wide variety of programs and activities. The activities and events are tailored to meeting the needs of these citizens while building self-confidence and life skills in a fun, safe environment.

Now, thanks to the funding, renovations can start on a new façade, a accessible ramp, dressing rooms, bathrooms, the kitchen and more.

More about Doug Tew Recreation Center

Located at 300 Garland St. in Dothan, the center sits on 15 acres of land. Beyond the rec center itself, the grounds include a pool, a playground and picnic area and several ball fields.

There is also a gym, multi-purpose room, two club rooms, a lobby and office. The ball fields include three Dixie Youth baseball fields, one Dixie Boys Ozone Field and a girls’ softball field. The playground is equipped with modern, accessible equipment as well.

In addition, there is a shaded picnic area and three tennis courts too. For more information about the center, you can give them a call at 334-615-3720.


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