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Lanierland may become public park
County opts to buy former country music venue
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County commission intends to buy Lanierland and turn the former country music venue into a community park.

Commissioners voted 5-0 on Thursday to acquire the 109-acre property on Jot Em Down Road in north Forsyth for $4.75 million.

The performance venue closed in November 2006 after boasting such acts as Hank Williams Jr., Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Patty Loveless and Trace Adkins over nearly four decades.

Specific plans are unclear for the site, though projects proposed under the county's list of parks and recreation bond-funded items include a North Community Park with sports facilities and fields.

The county will buy the property from Samples Family Farms. Funding for the park comes from the $100 million parks and recreation bond voters approved last year.

The county has spent money from that bond on Fowler Park and the Big Creek Green Way, as well as to acquire green space.

For Lanierland, the county will put down $15,000 in earnest money until the end of the 60-day due diligence period.

The commission may choose to hold public hearings regarding the property during that period of time.