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F. Central XC team to get new practice home at Mary Alice Park
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High school cross country runners compete in the 2014 Forsyth County Cross Country Championship at Mary Alice Park. The trail created by a local high school parent for that event has since become overgrown and out of use, but an effort continues to revitalize them along with the high school county championship event.

Forsyth Central High School’s cross country team will soon have a scenic new place for their practices.

At a work session on Tuesday, the Cumming City Council voted 5-0 to approve letting the team use Mary Alice Park for a practice space in exchange for helping keep the park clean.

“The booster club for the cross country team has contacted the city about using Mary Alice Park as a practice facility, and they would like to do that for free,” said City Administrator Phil Higgins. “We would waive the daily fee to park their cars at Mary Alice Park in trade for them cleaning up and maintaining the trail, as well as picking up the trash around the park as long as they’re practicing.”

Higgins said the agreement would next need to go to the Forsyth County Board of Education for approval.

Before the team uses the park, some work will need to be done to the trail.

“The trail itself has got several large trees that are down right now that we need to have removed before they go in, which is in the fall,” Higgins said.

Council members said they were happy with the combined use.         

“I think it’s great that they want to use it,” said Councilwoman Linda Ledbetter. “Parks aren’t used much.”