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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 ...

Lanierland Park in Northeast Forsyth County Now Open

Lanierland Park in Northeast Forsyth County Now Open
Project funded by Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond and Impact Fees Northeast Forsyth County is now home to a new 109-acre park, for which ground was broken last spring. The new Lanierland Park, located at 6115 Jot-Em-Down Road, was funded by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond approved by voters in 2008 and by Impact Fees. Phase I of the park includes four rectangular synthetic turf fields, four picnic pavilions, a playground, restroom and concession facilities, and parking. The county purchased the land for Lanierland Park in 2009 with funds from the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond. ...

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation Summer Camps Registration Opens April 1

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation Summer Camps Registration Opens April 1
The summer activity guide is now available for viewing at www.forsythco.com/parks Forsyth County Parks & Recreation summer camps registration will begin April 1. This summer over 100 camp options for ages 3 to 18 will be offered including recreation day camps, sports camps, Safety Town, adventure camps and specialty camps. Recreation Day Camps These week-long day camps at Central Park, Fowler Park and Old Atlanta Park will provide a structured schedule of indoor and outdoor activities including games, art, fitness, special guests, weekly field trips and other fun theme-related activities. The camps will be held at the county recreation centers weekdays from ...

Portion of Big Creek Greenway Temporarily Closed Due to Storm Damage

Portion of Big Creek Greenway Temporarily Closed Due to Storm Damage
Update (3/24/17): The Fowler Park Trailhead entrance has been reopened.  Closures between mile 6.1 and 6.2, and Fowler Park Trailhead entrance Due to a recent storm, two small portions of Forsyth County’s Big Creek Greenway are temporarily closed. The Fowler Park Trailhead entrance to the Greenway is temporarily closed due to storm damage. This closure does not impact the Big Creek Greenway itself, and this entrance is expected to reopen by Saturday, March 25. The more heavily damaged section is the boardwalk between mile 6.1 and 6.2, located south of the Bethelview Road Trailhead and just north of Atlanta Highway. The ...

New Climbing Tower at Sawnee Mountain Preserve to Open in April

New Climbing Tower at Sawnee Mountain Preserve to Open in April
Group programs can now be scheduled A new adventure is coming to Sawnee Mountain Preserve. A climbing tower is scheduled to open in April and will be used for camps, group programs, birthday parties and individual climbing passes. The tower allows for top-rope climbing, lead climbing and rappelling. There are multiple routes ranging in heights from 32 to 38 feet, and it offers areas for climbing and rappelling. The tower has 2,208 square feet of climbing area and can accommodate up to 10 climbers and two rappel participants at one time. Beginning on Saturdays in August, the tower will play host ...

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation’s Shady Grove Campground to Open March 6

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation’s Shady Grove Campground to Open March 6
Campground offers 110 campsites Forsyth County Parks & Recreation’s Shady Grove Campground, located on the shores of Lake Lanier at 7800 Allyn Lane Memorial Way in Cumming, will open for the season on March 6. The 109-acre campground offers 110 campsites – including tent campsites, RV campsites and group campsites, a beach and swim area, boat ramp with a courtesy dock, children’s playground, and restroom and shower facilities. “Shady Grove Campground is a distinctive highlight of Forsyth County Parks & Recreation offerings,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jim Pryor. “The campground provides great natural amenities including boat and swim access ...

Register Today for Spring Break Camps Through Forsyth County Parks & Recreation

Register Today for Spring Break Camps Through Forsyth County Parks & Recreation
Spring break camps offered for ages 4 to 15 Forsyth County Parks & Recreation is offering half-day and full-day spring break camps this year. The camps vary in location and theme and are offered for children ages 4 through 15, Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7. The half-day camp options at Old Atlanta Park – located in the southern portion of the county – include a drawing and painting camp for children ages 4 to 6 and a Minecraft-inspired engineering adventure camp for children ages 6 to 11. Sawnee Mountain Preserve – located in the northern portion of the county ...

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