The Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Department of Leisure Services was started in 1974 with a grant from the Soil & Water Conservation Fund. Since that time the DLS has grown to include 10 parks, a pool, a skeet shooting range, and several rental facilities.
As a joint service of the city and county, the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Department of Leisure Services (DLS) is charged with the supervision and direction of countywide recreational activities. It is supported by city & county taxes, activity & rental fees, and sponsorship fees.
Our mission is to provide, establish, maintain, and conduct City/County-wide leisure services programming; to maintain such activities that contribute to individuals physical, mental, social, and spiritual growth, and by such other means as may aid in the accomplishment of this purpose.
The Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Department of Leisure Services is a member of the Georgia Recreation & Parks Association and the National Recreation & Parks Association.
John Luckie – Chairman, 9th Term, Representing the City of Fitzgerald
Hank Braddy – Secretary/Treasurer, 2nd Term, Representing the City of Fitzgerald
Judge Robert W. Chasteen – 9th Term, Representing Ben Hill County
Johnny Pruitt – 3rd Term, At Large
Jennifer Shoultz – 1st Term, Representing Ben Hill County
Keith Morris – Director
Larry Hall – Athletic Director
Robert McDonald – Turf Mgmt Supervisor
Ben Cleghorn – Asst. Turf Mgmt Supervisor
Nelson Dopson – Maintenance Supervisor
Demond Lampkin - Maintenance
Maurice Davenport – Maintenance
Brenda Young - Facilities Set-Up
Duree Land – Secretary
Candy Herod – Secretary