Its important for outsiders of Hilton Head Island to know, that THIS place is a fabulous community made up of folks that choose to work and play in this incredible place! 

When I was kid, Joe Owen, Charles Perry and Rotary folks spearheaded a small Island Youth  Center. Joe Owen was its first director and the building still stands on Cordillo Parkway (South End Hilton Head) and is now home ot the Art League of Hilton Head Academy on 106 Cordillo Parkway. What came next, thanks to the leadership of those mentioned above, The Island Rec Center was born. Fast forward to today, 2019 and I just left our committee meeting for "Community Outreach" as part of the Hilton Head Board of Realtors (I'm also a directory) that met at the NEW Island Rec Center. WOW. WOW. WOW.

This community non-Profit is dedicated to improve the quality of life for people of ALL ages on Hilton Head Island. There is a scholarship fund: one of three children are on scholarship through the Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship fund, giving back over $200,000. I tell you, this community is truly amazing and I love having meetings where I am reminded of this fact. No wonder folks want to move to Hilton Head Island. No wonder retirement destination for many people have Hilton Head Island in the top of the list. Beaches, Volunteerism, short commutes and more. I live in Sea Pines and I can get to the Island Rec Center in  10 minutes via the Cross Island Parkway. Covered heated pool with lanes, indoor track, pickle ball, exercise classes and more. Child care (schools are right next to The Island Rec Center). They have youth and adult programs, fitness and pool memberships, Community Events and a Senior Center.

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Check out my latest LIVE post on Facebook with Ann Eden, introducing the pool and new area of The Island Rec Center. A treasure that makes our Hilton Head Island Community stronger and BETTER.

Respectfully submitted, 
Susan Ochsner