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Meeting set on possible new park on Lake Lanier in northeast Forsyth

NORTH FORSYTH — The county’s parks and recreation department is holding a public meeting Sept. 14 to discuss the proposed Wildcat Creek Park on Lake Lanier in northeastern Forsyth.

Set for 6:30 p.m., the meeting will be held at the Coal Mountain Park Community Building, 3560 Settingdown Road.

Of the five proposed park locations to which Forsyth County received access from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of a 2012 legal settlement, the 28-acre Wildcat site is the only one being considered for development. It sits on a peninsula at the end of Crystal Cove Trail.

Wildcat and the other possible park sites were part of an agreement with the corps and the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta that brought the years-long Bethel Park litigation to a close.

The YMCA has since moved forward with its long-held plans to develop a youth summer camp facility on 62 acres on three of Bethel’s peninsulas.

Since the county would be leasing the other park sites from the corps, only amenities that pertain to the lake or the outdoors can be considered. That means no ball fields or tennis courts.

District 4 Commissioner and Vice Chairman Cindy Jones Mills, whose district includes the park, encouraged residents to attend and offer ideas on what they’d like to see there.

“This input will help us formulate a conceptual master plan for this property,” Mills said in a statement.