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Lindsay pioneered early success of city recreation. He was 84.

Published on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Ted Lindsay, founder of the Greer Recreation Department, died Sunday. He was 84.
 

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Ted Lindsay, founder of the Greer Recreation Department, died Sunday. He was 84.

 

BY JIM FAIR

Ted Lindsay pioneered the founding of the Greer City Recreation Department in 1958 and had been an ambassador for recreation and youth sports almost his entire life.

Lindsay helped oversee the construction of two recreation centers, focused on acquiring acreage for park development and formed the first Greer Recreation Association Board in 1965. Twenty-three years later (1988) the department included 22 parks, fields and facilities.

City Council created a position for Lindsay in Sept., 1988,  consultant to the Recreation Department. He helped develop long-range plans for the city Recreation Department, and served the city administrator and council, and to seek funds through special grants.

The city recognized Lindsay’s 31-year career, in 2004, by naming the baseball fields at Century Park for him. He was presented the Phil Clark Award, representing Lifetime Achievement, by the Greer Touchdown Club.

Lindsay was inducted into the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association Hall of Fame in Dec. 2009.

Lindsey, a native of Greer, died Sunday. He was 84.  He was a U.S. Air Force Reserves Veteran.

Read Ted Lindsey’s obituary here.

Lindsey’s career was serving youth, he was the District 1 director for Dixie Youth Baseball and was a volunteer for that organization for 26 years.  He coached the first midget football team.  The Greer Family Festival selected Lindsay its honorary citizen in 1998.

Lindsey spoke to civic organizations and local businesses encouraging the community to support youth through recreation and sports. He was an advocate for the city recreation department and frequently visited Century Park where his namesake ballfields were located.

 

 

 

 

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