Upgrades to renovated Lithonia Park include a new playground. CONTRIBUTED

Lithonia Park Ribbon Cutting Set for July 15

DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated playground at Lithonia Park at 11 a.m. Monday, July 15 at 2501 Park Drive Lithonia.

In January, the Friends of Lithonia Park received a Community Building grant through Park Pride. The funds were awarded to install a one-of-a-kind playscape and a Fitness Forest (equipment) to encourage health and fitness. A Music Meadow of outdoor instruments will provide children and families access to artistic instruments and musical opportunities.

Charles Anderson, leader of the Friends of Lithonia Park, was thrilled to receive the news that his Friends group had been awarded the grant for the DeKalb County park.

“We are so excited that Park Pride is supporting the Friends of Lithonia Park, the City of Lithonia, and DeKalb County as we work together to revitalize our park!” he stated. “The Music Meadow [sensory play equipment] will help our children—and likely some of us older folks—discover talents and boost creativity. The fitness equipment will provide exercise opportunities to families that do not have equipment at home or who cannot afford gym memberships. We will all get healthier together!”

A total of $365,000 was allocated from Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson and SPLOST funds to complete the project. The public is invited to join park staff and county officials at the ceremony. Attendees will also learn more about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Information: LaShanda Davis, public relations specialist, at 404-371-3643 or lsdavis@dekalbcountyga.gov.

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