A Jacks With A Turf Trade

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Andrew Jacks
Andrew Jacks
When Andrew Jacks went to Engel Stadium back in 1992 in search of a Spring Training baseball schedule a career was born.
 
The East Ridge Parks and Recreation employee said that former Chattanooga Lookouts General Manager Ed Holtz offered him a job that day.
 
The former Honors Course caddy soon began working for the minor league baseball team renovating the playing surface at the Historic Engel Stadium.
 
Today, Jacks is one of the groundskeepers at beautiful Camp Jordan Park off I-75, Exit 1 in East Ridge. He works helping to prepare and manicure the nine soccer fields and 13 baseball/softball fields at the popular park.
 
"I love being outside and this job allows me to be outdoors a lot," Jacks said.
 
Jacks recently completed a year-long course in Turf Management from the University of Georgia to further his knowledge of the job he has a passion for.
 
"I did it for my job and to give me more knowledge and more expertise on what I do daily," he said. "The better our playing fields are the more people will want to come back to play at a park that looks good."
 
Camp Jordan Park Supervisor Wayne Thompson said that Jacks is, "A vital key to the Parks and recreation team."
 
"We are very proud of Andrew's accomplishment," Thompson said.
 
Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin said that Jacks, likes Thompson, takes pride in the appearance of the playing fields and the landscape at Camp Jordan.
 
"I'm proud that Andrew loves his job and the park enough to want to further his knowledge and expertise of what he does for countless hours," Martin said.  "I urge all of our parks and recreation team to take courses to increase their abilities by furthering their education."   
 
Jacks said he wants people to go out and talk about how much they enjoyed competing on the top fields at Camp Jordan.
 
"When teams come to the park to play I like to hear them say how nice it is," Jacks said. "One day after we had mowed the soccer fields and striped them up I heard a little boy tell his dad, 'Look, this looks like one of the fields you see on TV.'"
 
Jacks said he is considering taking more turf management courses in the future.
 
"I have thought about another course that the University of Georgia offers in another type course," Jacks said.


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