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First of four new parks to open next week
Other three set for later in June
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By the end of the month, four new green space parks could be open in south Forsyth.

The first of the park sites to debut will be Caney Creek Preserve, set for June 22.

The 63-acre park, formerly known as the Harrison property, is near Brookwood Elementary School. It will feature an amphitheater, playground, dog park, walking trails and two pavilions.

Forsyth County bought the four park sites with money from the 2008 voter-approved $100 million bond for parks, recreation and green space.

The funding to develop the parks came from 1-cent sales tax revenue, impact fees and the greenspace bond.

During a recent meeting, the Parks and Recreation Board approved the cost of rental fees for the amphitheater and pavilions.

For four hours, the cost to rent the amphitheater is $75, or $100 if electricity is needed.

To rent the pavilions at Caney Creek and the other three parks, the cost will be $75.

June 28 will be a big day for the county’s park system as both Chattahoochee Pointe, formerly the McClure property, and Haw Creek Park are scheduled to open.

Chattahoochee Pointe, which covers about 100 acres along the Chattahoochee River in extreme southeast Forsyth, will feature a canoe launch, playground, two pavilions and more than two miles of walking trails.

The 85-acre Haw Creek Park off Echols Road will have a playground, pavilion and a 3.3-mile multi-use trail system.

During their meeting, the parks board also set the rental price for the park’s trail system at $250 for four hours. It’s expected the trail will be popular for various 5K races, fun runs and other fundraisers.

Old Atlanta Park, once known as the Buice property, is tentatively set to open June 29 off Old Atlanta Road near Lambert High.

The 39-acre park includes a 1-mile walking trail, playgrounds, two pavilions and a spray pad.