“The park is important to the community because it is a major part of the city’s plan to address the paucity of parks and green space we inherited when we became a city seven years ago,” City Councilman Chip Collins said. “It will also provide a place for the residents of surrounding neighborhoods to use as a part of their daily routines of exercising, walking the dog and playing with their kids.”
The park will feature lighted walking trails, playgrounds, lawn and picnic areas, bicycle lanes, as well as gazebo, covered pavilion and water fountain.
The city is accepting bids for the next phase of the park which will include the construction of the bathrooms, walking trails, parking lot and installation of grass, trees and shrubs. Playable sculptures will also be installed within the park for not only decoration, but for children to climb on.
The City Council and Georgia Department of Transportation have to approve the contractor within the next few weeks. Bids are due back February 21.
The City Council approved the installation of significant landscaping within the median on Abernathy this week. The area will be taking on a park-like appearance by spring, Collins said.