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Officials to discuss Forsyth public parks plan
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FORSYTH COUNTY -- County officials will discuss future plans for county parks at a meeting this week.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the Forsyth County Parks Board and Parks Committee will hold a joint meeting at the Forsyth County Administration Building to discuss an update to the parks department’s comprehensive plan, which will guide the department through 2026.

“Both consultants will be here and we’ll be doing a long presentation on the plan itself,” said Parks Director Jim Pryor. “They’ll be able to lay all of that out and start talking about recommendation and that analysis they did.”

Pryor said the consultants had done surveys and met with focus groups, stakeholders and the public as part of the process.

“There was substantial public input in this,” Pryor said.

Though both Forsyth County and the city of Cumming are going through comprehensive plan updates, Pryor said the plan is not tied to those and won’t see any huge changes.

“We have a plan that we’ve been working from; we’re finishing out the bond from some of those. This is just revamping it for the next 10-15 years out, so we can plan forward for things,” he said. “So, it’s really not any changes from what we’re doing, it’s just giving us more a future as the size of the community expands.”

He said that the county update, also called Foster Forsyth, has worked and shared information with the parks plan update.

The board and committee will each make recommendation and county commissioners will discuss the plan at their Oct. 25 work session.