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Plans for south recreation centers unveiled
Commission will talk funding today
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Forsyth County News
Residents got a glimpse at designs for two recreation centers planned for southern Forsyth County during a public meeting Tuesday night.

Architect Pete Sutton showed blueprints to about a dozen attendees at the county administration building.

The documents outlined general plans for both centers, which include gyms, classrooms, office space and fitness and weight rooms.

The centers are planned for the Buice property at Nichols and Old Atlanta Road and Fowler Park at Hwy. 9 and Castleberry Road.

The county commission, which approved the design funding in July, plans to look at bidding the construction of both centers during today’s work session.

Sutton said it likely will take about 19 months to build the centers.

Jim Brennan, program manager for the county parks and recreation department, spoke to what will go on inside the centers’ walls.

He said plans call for both centers to be open seven days a week, offering a $75-a-year gym membership. Each will have a meeting room that can hold 240 people and walking tracks that are free to use.

County resident Kristin Morrissey spoke with excitement about the center planned for Buice.

“So many people I live near would love to go to a lot of these [recreation] programs, but they can’t fathom going all the way to [Ga. 400] Exit 17 at Central Park,” Morrissey said. “It’s beyond their imagination.”

County officials have said the $7.5 million Buice center will be paid for through a mix of impact fees, 1-cent sales tax funds and the $100 million parks and recreation bond.

The $6.5 million Fowler Center could be funded with money from the bond and impact fees, which are charges on new development.