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Plans for Cumming City Park reviewed

Renovation includes recreation building

POSTED: July 18, 2014 12:04 a.m.
For the Forsyth County News/

Cumming City Council unanimously approved this architectural design for the 27,000-square-foot recreation building at City Park on Pilgrim Mill Road.

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CUMMING — Officials got their first look Tuesday night at a new recreation building that will be opening as part of renovations at Cumming City Park.

During its regular monthly meeting, the city council unanimously approved an architectural design for the 27,000-square-foot facility.

Paul Hamby of Hamby Architecture and Design presented the conceptual rendering of the building, which will feature several offices and multi-purpose rooms, interior and exterior restrooms, and a central courtyard area to bring in natural light.

The outside restrooms will be adjacent to new playground and tot lot. Hamby said the facility will also feature a conference center area with a separate entrance and lobby. 

That area will also offer a warming kitchen and a 70-by-70 foot room that can be divided into four 35-by-35 foot rooms for gatherings of various sizes.

Hamby said each smaller room could accommodate up to 75 to 100 people, while the large room will be able to handle about 300.

The building is part of a larger project to completely renovate the park on Pilgrim Mill Road.

Since late January, the site has been closed in preparation for the work, which is being funded through an agreement with Forsyth County.

Through that arrangement, the city agreed to give the county $5.3 million it was entitled to from 1-cent sales tax revenue for two new parking decks being built as part of the new county courthouse and jail project. In exchange, the county agreed to give the city $4 million for the park.

Greg Little, director of the city’s parks and recreation department, was pleased to share the designs for the park building Tuesday.

“We’ve worked hard and [Hamby] has worked hard trying to come up with something that met all of our needs,” Little said.

Little said he wasn’t sure when construction on the building would begin, but hopes both it and the park will be ready sometime in September 2015.

Under the city-county deal, the project must be finished by the end of October 2015, according to Little.

Other improvements to the park include an amphitheater and boardwalk along a stream, as well as new parking areas.

 

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