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.