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Forsyth County Commissioners approve funding for park projects
Spray pad
Parks Director Jim Pryor said the rubber surface of the splash pad had deteriorated due to water and will be replaced. - photo by For the FCN

The Forsyth County Parks department will soon have some new funds to tackle projects related to the county’s parks.

At a work session on Tuesday, Forsyth County commissioners voted 5-0 to approve $1.5 million for projects in the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) 7-B funding category and to approve $75,000 for repairs to the splash pad at Old Atlanta Park.

Parks Director Jim Pryor said the rubber surface of the splash pad had deteriorated due to water.

“The splash pad membrane, which is the base of the splash pad at Old Atlanta Park, through our hot summers [and] cold winters has expanded and contracted and has started cracking,” he said. “That membrane needs to be replaced.”

He said the new flooring would be similar to tiles rather than the previous style.

Pryor said the SPLOST funds would be used for development and improvements at Old Atlanta, Haw Creek, Chattahoochee Pointe, Caney Creek and Matt Community parks. He said the plans for the funding were developed by parks staff. 

At Haw Creek, the plans call for a swing play unit and a pump track/bike skills park. Those projects total $70,000.

Chattahoochee Pointe Park will receive $65,000 for a disc golf course and improvements to the kayak launch.

About $605,000 will be used at Caney Creek Park to improve the dog park and landscaping and to develop a community area. 

The largest amount of funding will go to Matt Community Park, which will receive $685,000 for a six-court tennis complex and projects related to the complex, such as fencing and grading. 

“I’m glad to see these tennis courts are getting done, considering some of the emails about the [North Forsyth High School] not having courts,” District 4 Commissioners Cindy Jones Mills said. “That will be another option.”