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AUG 2015

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August 2015 52 G E O R G I A t Major venues: The city houses an aquatic center, whitewater course, 10,000- seat, multi-purpose civic center with two ice rinks, a football stadium, baseball felds, a 12-feld soccer complex, a tennis center, an eight-feld softball complex, a skate park, a disc golf course, basketball courts and golf courses. Convention center: The Columbus Convention and Trade Center offers a 10,000-seat, multi-purpose civic center that hosts hockey, basketball, cheerleading and indoor football. Contact: Columbus Sports Council, See Ad On Page 53 Conyers Approximately 25 miles east of Atlanta is Conyers. The city is home to Georgia International Horse Park, a venue that hosted events during the 1996 Olympic Games. Hotel rooms: 1,315+ Major venues: Bonner Park con- tains tennis courts and basketball courts. Georgia International Horse Park is a multi-purpose facility that served as a venue for the 1996 Atlanta centennial Olympic Games equestrian and mountain bike events. Contact: Conyers CVB, Cumming Cumming is located in Forsyth County and is part of the Atlanta metro area. The area boasts more than 26 parks and 52 softball/ baseball felds and hosts events like the Southeast National Triple Crown Softball Tournament, Primetime Sports Basketball Tournaments and the Georgia Recreation Parks and Association Swim Meet. Hotel rooms: 620 Major venues: The Cumming Aquatic Center houses a 10-lane competition pool and a 13.5-foot dive well. The city also offers 52 baseball/softball felds, multi-purpose felds for soccer, lacrosse and football, three community centers and 36 tennis courts. Contact: The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, See Ad On Page 38 Dalton Top of the line sporting facilities can be found in Dalton. The northern Georgia city is home to more than 28 softball/ baseball complexes, nine soccer felds, 26 tennis courts, 12 football felds and seven turf felds. Hotel rooms: 1,400 Major venues: Heritage Point Park consists of 10 baseball/softball felds. James Brown Park has four soccer felds, two turf felds, a gym and a pool. Convention center: The Dalton Convention Center houses 143,000 square feet of space with a 40,000-square-foot arena. The facility has hosted wrestling, football, basketball, cheer and dance and martial arts. Contact: Dalton Area CVB, DeKalb County DeKalb County is situated in north-central Georgia. The area is six miles outside of downtown Atlanta and 10 miles from Hartsfeld-Jackson International Airport. Events like soccer, lacrosse, basketball and football are frequently held in the county. Hotel rooms: 7,300+ Major facility: Atlanta Silverbacks Park features four full-sized soccer felds. White water rafting in Columbus Georgia Water Trails Ride Wave Of Paddlesports Popularity Riding the wave of paddlesports popularity, communities across Georgia are working to create recreational water trails. More than a dozen canoe, kayak and boating trails have either been established or are in development across the state. In North Georgia, the Etowah River Water Trail cuts a serpentine, 163-mile course, starting near Dahlonega and Dawsonville, winding past Cumming, Canton and Cartersville, and fnally fowing through Euharlee and Rome in Northwest Georgia. The north shore of the Etowah is the location of the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site in Cartersville, and the river holds more Native American fsh weirs than all other Georgia rivers combined. The weirs, v-shaped rock dams, were built 500 to 1,000 years ago to capture fsh and still exist, creating small shoals where paddlers can literally touch history. Beneath the surface, the river teems with 75 fsh species that support a thriv- ing sport fshery, from cold water trout in the river's mountain reaches to mas- sive striped bass in the river's journey through northwest Georgia's Ridge and Valley region. n

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