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Designers show Main Street Park ideas
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The Dawsonville City Council spent Monday evening with three firms that want to design the new Main Street Park going in behind the municipal complex.

Representatives with Lawrenceville-based Precision Planning Inc., Sizemore Group out of Atlanta and Kimley Horn, which has 80 offices across the United States, were each given 30 minutes to make formal presentations of their conceptual plan for the 16-acre park to the council.

Mayor James Grogan said he was impressed with the presentations and the design elements brought before the council.

"We are expected to make a decision on which firm we'll go with at our next meeting, and then we'll move forward with the next step, which will be to meet with the firm and let them know what we like, what we don't and if there's anything else we'd like to see," he said.

With a list of design elements ranging from an amphitheater, skate park and children's water feature, to picnic areas, a dog park and open fields, the firms were tasked to consider the city's unique racing history for design inspiration.

Precision's plan incorporated a half mile track reminiscent of a dirt racetrack that was on the property years ago, surrounding an open field and amphitheater directly behind Food Lion.

The design also includes a circular playground at the park's entrance on Main Street with age appropriate play areas, an ADA accessible section and a splash park in the center.

The Sizemore Group's design focused on creating a park that would make Dawsonville "the place to be."

The plan also incorporated a track and amphitheater that seats 4,000 to 10,000, walking trails and an inclusive playground that would be built for all ages and abilities.

Kimley Horn boasted a collaborative of specialists within the nationwide company that could develop the entire park in house.

The design showed all play areas on the park's west end along Allen Street and an amphitheater that faces south with open area raised grass seating.

City Manager David Headley said the hope is to have a groundbreaking for the park within the year.