The City of Dawsonville, in conjunction with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, officially cut the ribbon on Main Street Park on Friday, May 7, celebrating the park with a ceremony, butterfly release and the kickoff of Food Truck Fridays.
In a presentation before the ribbon cutting, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Mandy Power said that seeing the park opened after so many years of renovations was a great thing.
“This park has been in the works for many, many years and will continue to be in the works as they grow and add things to the park; that way our community is able to enjoy it,” Power said. “We’re finally back to some community events and we’re very excited about that.”
According to Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason, Main Street Park was a concept back in 2014 and was approved by voters through SPLOST VI in 2016. While the park opened to the public in 2020, the city was only recently able to hold the official ribbon cutting and celebration for it.
“We should’ve done this last year but with the COVID we couldn’t have,” Eason said. “In the last couple years this council has worked real hard to get this thing to fruition and it’s been a great trip.”
Eason said that the triumph of opening the park isn’t thanks to just one group or individual, but that it couldn’t have happened without the support of the whole community.
“This park is not just about tax dollars; it’s about people,” Eason said. “We’ve had a lot of people donate to this park and we’ve got a lot of things in here that were not paid for by tax dollars.”
Throughout 2020, several individuals and groups donated to the park, Eason said. This included the installation of a wheelchair swing by the Dawson County Civitan’s Club, pollinator gardens and benches by the Dawson County Woman’s Club, trash cans and waste stations by Alpha Waste, and several trees planted by community members.
“We’ve got a lot of individuals donate to this park and we have a number of Eagle Scouts that have worked hard to help,” Eason said during the ceremony. “We’re just proud that it’s here and proud y’all are here.”