Ribbon cutting

Members of the Dawson County Parks and Recreation department celebrated the official opening of the Bowen Pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park on March 9. The facility is available for parties, weddings, and gatherings and has many amenities. Athletes from various sports were on hand to help celebrate. 

Two SPLOST VI funded projects were officially opened March 9 with members of the community, elected officials and local athletes joining in the ribbon cutting ceremonies. The Bowen Family Pavilion and multi-use field at Veterans Memorial Park were highlighted in a ceremony featuring remarks from elected officials, including Dawson County Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond.  

“The new Bowen Pavilion will provide our citizens with a great place to gather with family and friends,” Thurmond said. “The all-purpose field will provide both adult and youth with a variety of sports opportunities. I am excited about the upgrades we have been able to do at Veterans Memorial Park through SPLOST VI.” The generosity of the Bowen family of Dawson County was instrumental in facilitating the park and its amenities.  

Dawson 1

Dawson County District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett, far left, learns first-hand about lacrosse from Rett Folsom, a DCMS seventh grader, as Mimi Seibel and his mom, Lana Folsom listen. Lacrosse is the newest sport being offered by the Dawson County Parks and Recreation department. 

“We are blessed in this county, we really are,” Dawson County District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett said. “In my position I hear a lot of negative stuff, but this is positive and we have a lot of positive things going on. There will be more to come.” 

Veterans Memorial Park

March 9 was the day the Mixed-Use field at Veterans Memorial Park was celebrated with county officials, athletes, and community members. The park has been serving several sports including lacrosse, Dawson County Parks and Rec Director Matt Payne said.

Fausett reflected on the generosity of land donors and the tremendous impact their giving has on a community. “I knew Ralph and Ludy Bowen,” Fausett said. “They were delightful people. They had four children and didn’t have to donate this land.”

More from this section