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Posted on: June 29, 2022

North Hall Community Center closing for general operations as former Parks director is remembered

Mike Little

North Hall Community and Technology Center will be closed for general operations beginning Friday, July 1 at 2 p.m. and will remain closed Saturday, July 2 as respects are paid to former Hall County Parks & Community Services Director Mike Little, who passed away Saturday, June 25 at the age of 58.

Visitation for Little’s family and friends will be held between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday in the community room of the facility. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in the same room of the community center, located at 4175 Nopone Road in Gainesville. 

Little was hired as the Facilities Manager at Allen Creek Soccer Complex in 2001 and was then named Director of Hall County Parks & Leisure Services approximately 10 years later. His title was changed in 2019 to Director of Parks & Community Services as Hall County Animal Services was moved under his purview. During his tenure, Little was instrumental in opening North Hall Park and Community Center and Cherokee Bluffs Park. Under his leadership, Healan’s-Head’s Mill, an old gristmill predating the Civil War, was thoughtfully restored to its former glory. Little was also heavily involved in the reopening of Murrayville Park and was working to refurbish and reopen Tadmore Park, both of which were closed during the economic recession in 2011. At the time of his death, Little was also actively working to construct Butler Park, a new park in Hall County’s District 4. 

“Mike most certainly had a hand in not only shaping the overall quality of life for those in Hall County, but he also made a personal difference in thousands of lives through his daily interactions with others and through his legacy as a coach,” said Hall County Administrator Jock Connell. “We are grateful for his leadership, and we are undoubtedly better off as a County because of his passion for the parks department.”

The North Hall Community and Technology Center is scheduled to reopen Sunday, July 3. For more information regarding Little’s legacy and his arrangements, please click here.

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