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Powder Springs awards $3.6 million contract for park

A contract for $3,668,500 was awarded by a 4-1 vote on Feb. 4 by the Powder Springs City Council for the downtown park.

That amount excludes signage and site furnishings.

Continuing her opposition was Councilwoman Nancy Farmer who has stated her concern about paying the city’s bonds and that the city’s millage rate had been increased from 8 to 9 mills.

JHC Corp. of Peachtree City was awarded the contract as the lowest of three bids.

Previously, the City Council hired Tunnell Spangler Walsh & Associates of Atlanta - doing business as TSW - to complete design and engineering services for the downtown public park, following a multi-year study and public involvement process, according to the city’s resolution.

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In April 2018 for $95,471, the city demolished a commercial building at 4485 North Town Square - across from the Municipal Court building and the city’s Community Development building - to make way for the downtown park after spending about $1 million for its acquisition.

The new park will feature a bicycle trail head with connectivity to the Silver Comet Trail and the city’s Lucille and Wild Horse trails, an interactive water feature, a performance space, outdoor ping pong tables, outdoor cafe tables and chairs, an earthen sitting berm and night lighting.

Mayor Al Thurman said, “We hope to see dirt moving in March for our downtown park. Either we change, or we get left behind.”

Information: jhc-corporation.com, tsw-design.com

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