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Meetings will gather input on green space
County developing plan for seven sites
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Forsyth County News

If you're going
The meetings about Forsyth County's green space properties are scheduled as follows:
• March 31, in the cafeteria of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Road
•  April 19, at the Coal Mountain Community Park Building, 3560 Settingdown Road
Both sessions start at 7 p.m.

The Forsyth County parks and recreation department would like to know what residents want to see at seven green space properties.

Two upcoming information meetings will allow for discussion and public input during the planning process.

The first meeting, set for March 31 at Lambert High School, will cover four southern and eastern Forsyth green space properties, including Harrison, McClure, Buice and Echols Road.

Eagle's Beak, Lanierland and the third phase of Sawnee Mountain Preserve will be discussed at an April 19 meeting at the Coal Mountain Community Park Building.

Both meetings will take place at 7 p.m. and will include a short presentation followed by discussion, said Jerry Kinsey, director of parks and recreation.

The county's contracted planning firm, Mactec, will present some ideas and explain each site, Kinsey said.

No plan has been put together yet.

"This is a starting point," he said. "We're going to first get everybody's public input."

Kinsey said some amenities that could be included for green space include nature trails, pavilions and playgrounds, or the space could just be left open.

Except for Sawnee Mountain Preserve, all of the properties up for discussion were acquired with money from the voter-approved $100 million parks, recreation and green space bond.

The final master plans, Kinsey said, likely will be presented to the county commission between June and September.

In a statement, Kinsey acknowledged the “great deal of interest among our citizens about the future plans for these green space properties.”

“We welcome and invite all interested residents to attend these meetings and offer their input,” he said.