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Stretch of stream restored
Project part of watershed plan
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Commission Chairman Jim Boff gets a closer look Monday at a restored stream in Midway Park. - photo by Autumn Vetter

Rain couldn’t stop county leaders from gathering for the dedication of Forsyth’s first stream restoration project.

On Monday, a ribbon cutting was held to officially welcome the project, which is toward the back of Midway Park on Post Road.

Tom Fendley, the designer of the project for Dickerson Group, said it was “amazing” to see the difference in the area, which features walking trails, bridges, landscaping and educational signs about stream restoration.

“Before, you didn’t even know there was a stream in there,” he said. “Now it’s all been cleared and has nice landscaping.”

John Cunard, the county’s director of engineering, said the project was designed to improve overall downstream watershed conditions by stabilizing and restoring some 1,000 feet of degraded stream bank.

He noted that the project was supported by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, administered by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

“This project was undertaken as part of Forsyth County’s Watershed Improvement Plan,” he said. “The county developed our [plan] in 2007 to comply with regulations, and as a means of identifying the most beneficial and cost-effective projects for water quality improvement.”

The project falls in Commissioner Todd Levent’s district.

“I’ve visited this many times and I can’t begin to convey to you the positive transformation that I have witnessed here,” Levent said. “It really is remarkable.”

He added that the area will be of benefit for several reasons.

“All of our county parks, including Midway Park, have a true value in the sense that they help to foster relationships among families … creating memories that last a lifetime.”

Levent said he personally spent many hours at Midway while his children participated in sports programs there.

He said the restored stream area will provide a “nice peaceful place” for parents.

“Of course at games, they’ll want to watch those,” he said. “But at practice, they can wander down here and see it.”

Fendley said the work at the site began in January and finished in April. Materials such as Tennessee fieldstone and logs were used to give the stream a natural look.

“It looks really good,” he said. “I know parks and recreation are really happy it’s here and there’s a place for families to come out and spend a little time with nature.”