Forsyth County’s newest park should be open before the end of the year.
NORTH FORSYTH -- At a Forsyth County Parks and Recreation board meeting Wednesday, Parks Director Jim Pryor said Lanierland Park, named for the music venue formerly on the site in north Forsyth, should open next month.
“We do anticipate having a park opening sometime around early to mid-December,” Pryor said.
He said the opening time will be determined after officials go through the park.
“We are getting ready to do the punch-list walkthrough scheduled for Nov. 14,” he said.
The park, located on Jot Em Down Road, will cover 109 acres and include four rectangular synthetic turf fields, concessions, picnic pavilions and a playground.
Construction is being handled by Reeves Young for about $9.2 million.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in March, at which time construction was expected to take about 10 months.
The project is being funded through impact fees and a 2008 voter-approved parks, recreation and green space bond.
When Lanierland was a music venue, it hosted iconic country musicians such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Greenwood before closing in 2006. The county bought the land in 2009.
The new park will also be home to some of the sports currently held at Bennett Park, particularly those needing a square field.
At the meeting, Pryor said construction at Chattahoochee Pointe Park is also expected to be complete by mid-December, with an anticipated opening date of Dec. 29.
A groundbreaking ceremony for Eagles Beak Park will be held on Nov. 15, and the park is planned to open in Aril 2017.