4 south DeKalb parks upgraded with new playgrounds and trails

A ribbon-cutting for a new playground at Midway Park near Memorial Drive was held July 27. DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson is pictured in the center, joined by Commissioner Greg Adams and DeKalb Interim Parks Director Marvin Billups.
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A ribbon-cutting for a new playground at Midway Park near Memorial Drive was held July 27. DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson is pictured in the center, joined by Commissioner Greg Adams and DeKalb Interim Parks Director Marvin Billups.

Remodeled parks, playgrounds, trails and a football field are opening across south DeKalb County.

The county held ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Exchange Park, Gresham Park, Midway Park and Longdale Park last month and this month.

The four parks are located in DeKalb Commission District 3, which includes East Lake, Gresham Park, Wesley Chapel and surrounding neighborhoods. The $1.1 million in improvements were funded through park bonds dedicated for the district and approved by voters in 2001 and 2005.

“A lot of folks can’t afford L.A. Fitness or Planet Fitness membership, but we can create a park system that not only is for the children but for the adults,” said DeKalb District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson. “While the children are playing, the adults can get a workout.”

The biggest project was at Exchange Park near Columbia Drive and Rainbow Drive, where the county spent $575,000 to renovate a football field and build a walking trail around a lake.

At Gresham Park near I-20, a new playground was built at a cost of $240,000.

A ribbon-cutting Wednesday at Longdale Park near East Lake celebrated $200,000 in improvements including a replaced playground, pavilion, parking lot and trails.

And at Midway Park near Memorial Drive, a playground opened at a cost of $72,000.

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