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Greenspace park hours being adjusted

Officials sought better definition of ‘daylight hours’

POSTED: August 21, 2014 12:04 a.m.
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The Big Creek Greenway will be among the greenspace parks with new hours as of Friday.

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FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County commissioners have signed off on a move that will better define park hours.

During a recent work session, the commission voted 5-0 to approve set hours for parks defined as “green space.”

Under the new hours, such parks, including the Big Creek Greenway and others without active sports facilities, will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from Nov. 1 to March 31, and from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. April 1 to Oct. 31.

Tommy Bruce, interim parks and recreation department director, said the change was needed since such parks are currently open during “daylight hours.”

He said the new, specific hours will better allow park rangers to do their jobs of keeping people out during nighttime hours.

“[Rangers] have said ‘daylight hours’ is vague,” Bruce said.

The commission is slated to officially approve the measure during its regular meeting today, as votes taken during work sessions are not binding until approved in a regular meeting.

Bruce said the new measure would take effect Friday, with new signage being posted at the parks as soon as possible.

Among the sites impacted by the new hours are: Chattahoochee Pointe, Ducktown Community, Haw Creek, Sawnee Mountain Preserve, Windermere and Poole’s Mill.

Active use parks with athletic facilities will keep their hours of 7 a.m.-11 p.m.



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JustMyOpinion: August 21, 2014 4:03 p.m.

I went to the Forsyth County Government website to find out the hours for some of the other Parks that are not mentioned. There are no hours posted. Any suggestions as to where I can get this information, or could you possibly included these Parks and hours as an update to this article?

Matheney1: August 23, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Daylight hours are not vague in the slightest. They have been published by the NOAA for decades and are the means by which legal hunting hours have been determined for years and years. Even the time at which auto headlights should be on are determined by "daylight" hours. They are using that excuse only because some people who use these facilities are too stupid to figure it out for themselves.

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