ROME, GA. — The City of Rome along with cities across Georgia will celebrate Georgia Cities Week April 19-25. Several community events planned will recognize Rome’s heritage of prosperity and a future focused on providing the community outstanding services for citizens.
Monday, April 20 – Rome City Hall Century Celebration
The week will launch with a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Rome City Hall. On Monday, April 20 at 10 a.m. in the lobby of city hall, the Rome Area Heritage Foundation will present a certificate of accommodation to recognize the municipal building’s century of continuous operation of many city services within the building including the City Commission. Additionally, the foundation will recognize Rome City Hall’s Auditorium, the largest theatre of its period still in daily use, which has hosted many notable performances.
Tuesday, April 21 – Downtown Precinct Opens
The Police Precinct at Downtown Welcome Center officially opens. Rome City Police, Floyd County Police and Floyd County Sheriff will utilize the location as a precinct offering additional visibility and oversight at a location that is one of the busiest local attractions and destinations in the heart of downtown Rome.
Rome City will celebrate Earth Day with a Town Green Walk to recognize the importance of keeping our town healthy and clean. The community is invited to join city officials from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a trail walk that starts and ends at the Town Green. Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful will offer bags for litter pick-up along the trails. Participants will gather at the pedestrian bridge for a group photo just before the walk begins. Community partners will provide games, activities and information showcasing Rome’s environmental and conservation efforts from our river eco-system to our trails. Mayor Pro-Tem, Milton Slack, will lead the walk. View walk map.
Thursday, April 23 – Facebook Q&A with City Manager Sammy Rich
The City of Rome would like to recognize the value of technology for creating the efficiencies and transparencies needed to help city government and residents more easily resolve issues together. On Thursday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., City Manager Sammy Rich will host a live lunchtime Facebook Q&A session. Adults and children, families and classrooms are invited to join the online conversation by posting questions for Sammy during the live session online at The City of Rome’s official facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ CityofRomeGA
Friday, April 24, the city celebrates redevelopment efforts in North Rome with “Love the Braves, Love the Earth” Block Party. The day will kick-off with community service work led by the Rome Braves baseball players who will help clean-up areas of North Rome and complete service projects for locals in need.
The community is invited to celebrate with the Rome Braves and Romey & Roxy at the North Rome Block Party from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on 413 Perkins Street. “We are excited to partner with Rome Braves during Georgia Cities Week to highlight redevelopment efforts in North Rome”, said Mary Hardin Thornton, Director of Neighborhood Sustainability. “North Rome has a strong citizen base committed to revitalization; partnership support from leading organizations such as the Rome Braves truly helps to reinforce and support our efforts.”
The block party will include free games, inflatables, and music. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the Rome Community Kitchen and at the block party on Perkins Street. Additionally, the North Rome community is hosting a canned food drive to restock Rome Action Ministry pantries and specifically requests community donations for canned ravioli, spaghettios and instant oatmeal. The Rome Braves will offer a Rome Braves tickets to anyone who donates at least two items. Donations will be accepted during the block party at the North Rome United Methodist Church located adjacent to the block party.
Saturday, April 25 – 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
Georgia Cities Week will conclude on Saturday, April 25 with a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act. The community is invited to cheer on athletes at the Challenger Baseball games located at Braves Miracle Field of Rome. “Our community is so fortunate to have a strong support of parents, volunteers and organizations to offer this program along with a wide-variety of programs for persons with special needs.” says Tammy Bryant, RFPRA Special Populations Coordinator. Admission to the games are free; games start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The celebration will continue Saturday evening at the Clocktower Classic Hand Cycling Races to start at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 3rd and Broad in downtown Rome. “This race is amazing in so many ways,” says Rome Sports Commission Director, Ann Hortman. “We invite the entire community to cheer on our athletes and to be inspired.” The Just As I Am Choir will sing the National Anthem prior to the race start. Several students who are researching and writing stories on the athletes will also be recognized. Mayor Jamie Doss will officially start the race. Proceeds from this race go to purchase adaptive bikes for Rome-Floyd County youth with physical challenges.
The community is invited to attend all Georgia Cities Week celebrations. For questions on any of the planned events and activities contact Kristi Kent at 706-237-0446, email@example.com.
The City of Rome takes pride in a heritage of prosperity, and a future focused on providing the community with outstanding services for citizens and for those visiting Rome. The city values strong employment, leading education, public safety, supportive culture, and community recreation. Rome welcomes residents and visitors year-round to enjoy activities in the heart of the community, including the Forum and downtown.