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City Park in Cumming soon ready for play
Amenities include playground, pavilions, recreation building
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New playground equipment at City Park is being installed. The park is on track to open in October. - photo by Jim Dean

CUMMING -- Finishing touches are being made to outside amenities at Cumming’s City Park on Pilgrim Mill Road.

At a meeting Tuesday, Greg Little, the city’s recreation and parks director, updated Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and the Cumming City Council on the project, which he said will likely be done soon and open to the public in early October.

“If you’ve gone by there, it’s busy,” Little said. “As you can see, the playground equipment is being installed this week. They should finish the playground equipment, the installation of that, this week and start to work on the [playground] surface [next week].”

The project also includes pavilions for rent, and the playground will have something for all kids.

“It’s going to contain two 40-[foot]-by-40-[foot] pavilions … that will be available for rent. It will have a large playground with … an artificial turf top,” Little said. “We’ll have a play structure for 2- to 5-year-olds, another play structure for 5- to 12-year-olds, a three-bay swing set that will have adaptable equipment with it and two wheelchair-[accessible] swings.”

Gravitt announced the city recently received a donation of more than $12,000 from the Cumming Civitan Club for the wheelchair-accessible swings.

“This will be used for the Cumming City Park installation of playground equipment and exercise equipment for handicap and senior citizens,” he said. “This is a task that the Civitan Club does each year, and this year they picked the city of Cumming.”

In February, the city opened the new 2,700-square-foot park building at the site, which hosts park programs.

The council approved changes to the proposal that reduced the cost for the building from $3.24 million to $2.65 million.

Improvements to the park, which has been closed since January 2014, are being funded through an agreement with Forsyth County.

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

The former park building, an old church, is being leased by Creative Enterprises, a center for adults with special needs, for an annual fee of $1.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the city also approved nearly $19,000 for 1,600 new reversible youth basketball jerseys from Worldwide Macs.

Little said the city spent more on the jerseys than in past years due to rising popularity.

“This is a little bit of an increase in the number of the jerseys we have ordered in the past, because we have started up a spring basketball league for the ones that don’t play soccer, baseball or softball,” he said. “We have over 400 participants in that.”

The city council also approved fees for the conference room, which can be divided into up to four rooms, at the City Park building, which Little said was comparable to similar facilities in the area, like the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center and Forsyth County’s Central Park.