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City park plans move forward
I-City Park Rendering pic

The city council voted on Monday to move forward with the engineering phase of the park planned behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex and the Food Lion shopping center.

The park, currently referred to as Main Street Park, has been in the planning stages since June 2014 when the city purchased the 18 acres behind the complex.

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan discussed the city's most current plans for the park and will it could include at January's Community Connections Workshop.

The park's west end along Allen Street will have three playgrounds, one for smaller children, one for older children and one for children with special needs and disabilities.

Behind the Food Lion shopping center there will be an amphitheater that can seat between 4,000 and 5,000 people.

The east end, near the Dawson County Board of Education, will feature a pond with a fountain and some sort of recreational court, like a pickleball or volleyball court.

Grogan also mentioned a possibility for exercise equipment that could service the senior citizens at the assisted living facility behind the park.

There will also be picnic areas, pavilions and walking trails throughout the park. The city received a $100,000 grant from the state's Recreational Trail Grants program for the construction of walking trails last April.

The city has been working with design firm Kimley Horne on the layout and architecture for the park.

A motion made by Councilman Caleb Phillips on Monday gave the city the go-ahead to begin engineering on the infrastructure of the park, which includes laying out sewage and water lines and other utilities.

The council has also mentioned in several meetings that it would like the citizens of Dawsonville to be as much involved in the building of the park as possible, and hopes to bid out the work to local contractors and builders so that the park is really a homegrown, group effort.

"We could start to see dirt moving in the next few months," Grogan said on Tuesday. "It's been such a slow process and people don't understand the red tape and the paperwork associated with it. Building it will be the easy part."