SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The city of Sandy Springs is mourning the loss of its former Recreation and Parks director.
Ronnie Young passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 2, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said Saturday morning.
“As our recreation director, he was a beloved figure in our community,” Paul added. “Rest in peace, friend.”
Young had more than 40 years of experience in the parks and recreation field. Before coming to Sandy Springs, he served for 35 years as director for the city of Carrolton’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. He also directed the city of Bremen’s department for five years. Under his leadership, both departments were named agencies of the year in their respective population class by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.
Young was also recognized as Professional of the Year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association in 2001. Ronnie is a native of Carrollton and was educated in the city schools and the former West Georgia College.
“Ronnie was the foundation and driving force for the parks and recreation movement not only in Carrollton for 34 years, but, throughout the State of Georgia,” Carrolton’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department said on its Facebook page. “His mark has been left on the city of Carrollton by the many facilities and parks that we are so blessed to have in our community. He has been an amazing mentor to many of us. Please keep his precious family and the CPRD family in your thoughts and prayers.”
In 2016, Young left the city of Sandy Springs amid allegations he forged his son’s community service log sheet and later became the sports and recreation coordinator with Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton.
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