PlanFirst Success Story: City of Jesup

DCA’s PlanFirst program recognizes and rewards Georgia communities that clearly demonstrate an established pattern of successfully implementing their Local Comprehensive Plan. Our PlanFirst “Success Story” series highlights these cities and counties by sharing their incredible achievements. You can view all of the communities on our Story Map.

Wayne County’s Joint Comprehensive Plan referenced the goal to "maintain/enhance existing and develop new parks/recreational facilities." The renovation of Cracker Williams Park in Jesup was included in the plan on several occasions.

The park was in need of dire repair when the City assumed control of the facility. Jesup City Council budgeted $500,000 for the project. UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute made recommendations for the project in the Cracker Williams Park Master Plan. These included many upgrades to the playground, community center, and pool.

Renovations began with completing Phase I of the project – the playground. Equipment was upgraded, new equipment was added, and the entire area was equipped with top-of-the-line mulch for safety. Two brand-new ADA swings were also added to the park. Community partners were essential throughout the project, receiving donations from the Wayne County Board of Tourism and Altamaha Women's Club. A picnic area and public restrooms were also added. 

Phase II focused on renovations to the Community Center, a 4000-square-foot building, which is now available for public rentals. Officials were also awarded a $100,000 Land Water Conservation Fund Grant to begin Phase III: renovations to the community pool.

The park is now enjoyed daily by citizens and visitors of Jesup, and the community center is rented regularly for community gatherings.