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Forsyth County Adds New Safety Feature to Several Parks

Forsyth County Adds New Safety Feature to Several Parks
New system designed to warn of lightning   The Forsyth County Parks & Recreation Department has recently added a new safety feature to several parks throughout the county. The Thor Guard Weather Warning System is designed to predict lightning before it strikes and is now in place at all of the department’s athletic facilities and at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. The goal of using the system is to maximize safety by providing park staff and volunteers with critical, timely lightning warning information in an easy-to-use format.   The system’s sensor continuously monitors the atmosphere’s electrostatic energy as far away as 15 miles and evaluates the ...

Eagle’s Beak Park Now Open in Northwest Forsyth County

Eagle’s Beak Park Now Open in Northwest Forsyth County
Park features a canoe and kayak river launch and nature trails   Northwest Forsyth County is home to the county’s newest passive park, Eagle’s Beak Park, located at 8420 Old Federal Road in Ball Ground. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new park August 7. The park’s construction was funded by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond approved by Forsyth County voters in 2008 and by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI program.   The new 226-acre park features a canoe and kayak launch on the Etowah River, nature trails, restroom facility and parking.   “We are ...

Forsyth County’s Play at the Park Event Is Seeking Vendors

Forsyth County’s Play at the Park Event Is Seeking Vendors
Play at the Park event to be held at Forsyth County’s Fowler Park on September 30 Forsyth County Parks & Recreation and the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce are preparing for the 15th annual Play at the Park Family Fun Festival event to be held at Fowler Park on Saturday, September 30, and are seeking vendors to participate. Prospective vendors include businesses, nonprofit organizations, arts and crafts, and product consultants. Space is limited, and vendor applications will be accepted through Friday, September 15. Visit www.playatthepark.com for event details and vendor registration. Play at the Park is a family-friendly community event ...

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation Fall Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation Fall Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open
Leagues are offered for children ages 4 through 17 Forsyth County Parks & Recreation will begin accepting registrations for fall baseball and softball Monday, July 17, and ending Friday, August 4. Baseball and softball leagues are offered for boys and girls ages 4 (by September 1, 2017) through 17. “Our fall baseball and softball leagues are very popular in the county,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jim Pryor. “It’s a great way for kids and their families to kick off the new school year, make friends and have fun, all while staying active.” Beginning July 17, registrations will be accepted online ...

Chattahoochee Pointe Park Will Close Temporarily Beginning May 30

Chattahoochee Pointe Park Will Close Temporarily Beginning May 30
The trail’s soft-surface material will be coated with a polymer product Chattahoochee Pointe park is scheduled to close Tuesday, May 30, for approximately one week in order to coat the trail with a polymer product. This trail improvement was planned in conjunction with the recent Chattahoochee Pointe park improvements but needed the right outdoor temperature to complete the work. The polymer product, called M10+50, is a long-lasting, cost-effective solution to maintaining the life of the trail. It will stabilize the trail surface and reduce future maintenance costs, and the cost is less than standard concrete or asphalt. Chattahoochee Pointe park ...

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation’s Old Atlanta Park Spray Pad to Open May 27

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation’s Old Atlanta Park Spray Pad to Open May 27
Spray pad will be open on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day Forsyth County’s popular spray pad, located at Old Atlanta Park, will open for the season beginning Saturday, May 27, and will remain open through September 4. Hours of operation for the spray pad are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 27 through August 2. Beginning August 3 until September 4, the hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person (1 year ...

Periodic Big Creek Greenway Closures During Bethelview Road Bridge Removal and Replacement

Periodic Big Creek Greenway Closures During Bethelview Road Bridge Removal and Replacement
Temporary closures are expected to last no more than three consecutive days at a time One section – between mile 8.3 and 8.5 – of the Big Creek Greenway multi-use trail in Forsyth County will be periodically closed beginning Monday, April 17. The closure is related to the road widening project along Bethelview Road and the required bridge removal and replacement construction over Big Creek. While the Georgia Department of Transportation’s contractor, CMES, Inc., completes this work, a section of the Big Creek Greenway – which passes beneath the Bethelview Road Bridge – will be temporarily closed for the safety ...

Forsyth County Big Creek Greenway Reopened

Forsyth County Big Creek Greenway Reopened
Storm damage to the trail between mile 6.1 and 6.2 has been repaired Forsyth County’s Big Creek Greenway is now fully operational. The boardwalk, between mile 6.1 and 6.2, sustained heavy damage during a storm on March 21 and had to be closed for repairs. “The damaged section of the Greenway is very popular. We are appreciative for the understanding and patience of citizens who had to modify their route while repairs were being made,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jim Pryor. At their March 29 Work Session, the Board of Commissioners authorized Steele & Associates to move forward with ...

Big Creek Greenway Reopened After Flooding

Big Creek Greenway Reopened After Flooding
UPDATE (4/7/17): The Big Creek Greenway has been reopened, as floodwaters have receded. The boardwalk trail between mile 6.1 and 6.2, which sustained heavy damage during a storm on March 21, remains closed while it undergoes repairs.  The Big Creek Greenway trail is closed from the McFarland Parkway Trailhead to the Bethelview Road Trailhead due to flooding from yesterday's storms.   Users can still access the newest portion of the trail by parking at the Bethleview Trailhead and traveling north towards Kelly Mill Road. For up-to-date information, visit www.forsythco.com/parks or call the Parks & Recreation automated weather line at (770) 886-2851 ...

Forsyth Named State’s Healthiest County for Fifth Consecutive Year

Forsyth Named State’s Healthiest County for Fifth Consecutive Year
For the fifth consecutive year, Forsyth County has been named the healthiest county in Georgia. The distinction comes as part of the annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps study initiated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The rankings are based on county residents’ quality of life and length of life, and the report presents a series of other factors that help influence those criteria. Among those components are health behaviors (obesity, tobacco use, access to exercise opportunities, etc.), clinical care, social and economic factors like unemployment and poverty, and physical environment. For more ...

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