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Walking trails and greenspace at Dawsonville’s Main Street Park open for public use
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The walkways and green spaces of Main Street Park in Dawson County are now officially open for public use. - photo by Erica Schmidt

The walking trails and greenspace at Main Street Park in Dawson County are officially open for use, officials say.

In response to COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia, the recently opened playground at Main Street Park, along with the playground at Wallace Park, will remain closed until further notice, but the walkways and surrounding areas are now open for public use, according to Dawsonville City Manager Bob Bolz. 

“At the recommendation of the Dawson County Health Board, the playground remains closed for fear of cross contamination especially between children,” Bolz said. “Once the COVID-19 threats lessen, we will reopen the two playgrounds.”

The city also asks that visitors refrain from going into the fenced off construction zone at the park where a new bathroom is being built. 

Main Street Park has been discussed and planned since before 2014, but construction was held up due to funding, Bolz said. 

“Once SPLOST was approved for the park, design was finalized in late 2016 and early 2017,” Bolz said. “The project was bid out and Phase I construction started in July 2018. Phase I included all the infrastructure work, such as grading, paving and related construction of roads and parking, trails and green space.”

Plans for other additions to the park are ongoing, Bolz said, and will continue into the future.

“As funding becomes available via sponsorships, donations or future SPLOST or other means, plans are included for an amphitheater stage, picnic shelters, exercise stations, additional trails, disc golf, additional amenities like picnic tables, grills, water fountains, porch swings, a pickle ball complex, a dog park, and the potential for a splash pad and possible skate park,” Bolz said.

The community seems excited about the new park so far, even with factors such as COVID-19 and rainy weather the county has seen in the last several months, according to Bolz. 

“On days with pretty weather, we have had several folks out jogging, walking, eating their lunch and just enjoying Mother Nature,” Bolz said. “We think that once the weather gets back to normal and COVID-19 threats are not as severe, many more people will come out and enjoy these new facilities.”