CITY OF ROME TO OBSERVE GEORGIA CITIES WEEK

(City of Rome, GA media release):

The City of Rome will celebrate Georgia Cities Week October 3-9, 2021. Cities provide an elevated level of service than most governments, are generally rated higher by the public than any other level of government, and yet, many residents are unaware of how city services impact their lives. Through Georgia Cities Week, the City of Rome hopes to heighten the public’s awareness of city government’s role in enhancing the quality of life in our community. 
The City will celebrate with the following events and programs:
Sunday, October 3: Rome Tennis Center Free Family Play Day
The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College invites the community to experience the lifelong sport of tennis. The SPLOST funded facility opened in 2016 and provides community programs and classes for all ages. The facility will be open for free play from 1 pm to 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 3. Play tennis with family and friends for free; tennis equipment will also be available.
Call 706-236-4490 to reserve a free court for play.
Sunday, October 3 – Friday, October 8: Rome-Floyd Planning Department Scavenger Hunt
The Rome-Floyd Planning Department is a joint department responsible for county-wide systems including mapping (GIS), transportation planning, historic preservation, land use development information and comprehensive planning activities. The department created a scavenger hunt for Georgia Cities Week complete with clues and prizes. Starting Sunday, October 3, the scavenger hunt can be downloaded at Romega.us/Planning. The public may also pick-up a copy of the scavanger hunt at the planning office located at 607 Broad Street during business hours. 
Monday, October 4: Rome Transit Customer Appreciation Day & Launch of Free Transit
The Rome Transit Department (RTD) will celebrate its customers and offer transportation on the Main Line Fixed Route bus service at no charge starting Monday, October 4. In appreciation of current customers and to help encourage new passengers to try RTD, transit will extend free transportation on the Main Line Fixed Route Bus Service through Friday, December 31, 2021. For transit route maps visit, Romega.us/Transit.
Tuesday, October 5: Build Your Own Rome Clocktower 
To celebrate the work and importance of historic preservation, the Rome Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center and Gift Shops are teaming up to invite citizens to build a model of the Rome Clocktower. Starting Tuesday, October 5, participants can pick-up a pre-printed template of the Rome Clocktower at the Georgia’s Rome Gift Shop or the Rome Area History Center Gift Shop  Templates are also available for download online. Clocktower art entered will be part of a display at the Rome Area History in January 2022 as part of the 150th Birthday Celebration for the Rome Clocktower. Prizes will be awarded for creativity. Entry details and templates are available at RomeGeorgia.org/Clocktower.
October 6-9: Stonebridge Golf Course Fall Celebration
Stonebridge Golf Club is a city facility that offers golf programs and events for all ages. During Georgia Cities Week, the golf course is hosting Launchbox Fall Celebration. Launchbox features covered bays for playing a variety of golf games complete with outdoor furniture and bayside food and beverage service. On Wednesday, October 6 and Saturday, October 9, Stonebridge will donate 25% of all Launchbox revenue to the NWGA Boys & Girls Club. Stonebridge is also hosting a Launchbox family night on Thursday, October 7; children 15 and under play and eat free. Visit RomeStonebridge.com for more details on all Launchbox fall celebration programs. 
Thursday, October 7: Free Pickleball Clinic
The Downtown Rome Tennis & Pickleball Center features 14 lighted USTA standard tennis courts and 6 dedicated pickleball courts. The center invites the community to come experience and learn how to play pickleball; the fastest growing sport in the U.S.! Pickleball Pro, Mark Price, will lead the clinics and equipment will be provided. Free clinics will be held between the hours of 8 am to Noon and 4 pm to 7 pm. Call the center to reserve a space at 706-290-0072.
Thursday, October 7: Little Critters
The Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center is a joint department that provides natural resource education. The center is hosting a pre-school program at 3:00 pm for children ages 3-5. Lessons and activities will help little ones explore the natural world with the help of a parent or an adult. The event is free, but spaces are limited, call 706-622-6435 to reserve a space.  
Thursday, October 7: Stories That Might Have Been
The city offers many unique facilities that are available to the public for event rentals. To celebrate these unique spaces, the public is invited to a story telling event on the grounds of the Rome Clocktower. Bob Harris will present legends and lore at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for lawn seating. The event is free; please wear a mask. 
October 8-9: Haunted on Broad
The Rome Area History Center is a non-profit that utilizes a historic city building for the purposes of preserving and sharing the history of Rome and surrounding areas. The center is hosting the annual Haunted on Broad Tours on Friday and Saturday evening as a fundraiser. Hear bone-chilling tales and see famous ghostly visitors from the dark side of Rome’s past. Tickets are $10 and are available online at RomeAreaHistoryCenter.org; please wear a mask.
Saturday, October 9: Fiddlin’ Fest Between the Rivers
Downtown Development Authority represents and supports the businesses, property owners and residents in downtown. They invite you to attend the annual Fiddlin’ Fest Between the Rivers, a free bluegrass street festival in downtown Rome, held from noon to 6 pm. For details on all the festivities planned, visit FiddlinFest.com
Georgia Cities Week is also a great time to remind citizens that they can shape and influence this branch of government which is closest to the people. The City of Rome has recently just launched a new website that makes access to information on city servicesdepartmentscommittees and contact information easier to access. Citizens can now sign up to receive notifications on city news and happenings and view a calendar of all city meetings and community events. Citizens are encouraged to explore the website at romega.us.
Cities across Georgia will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week, sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), to showcase and celebrate cities and the many services they provide. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 538 member cities.
For questions or additional details on Georgia Cities Week, call: 706-295-5576, or email: kkent@romega.us.