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Dawson County Parks and Rec. finishes construction on Veterans Memorial Park multi-purpose field
Completed construction on the multi-purpose field at Veterans Memorial Park in Dawsonville. The field will be used for football, soccer and lacrosse. - photo by Jacob Smith

Construction is complete on the new multi-purpose field at Veterans Memorial Park in Dawsonville. 

Parks and Recreation Director Matt Payne said the field has already started hosting football practices, but will be used for soccer and potentially lacrosse in the spring. 

“Just having the one football field made teams have to practice in the outfields of baseball fields,” Payne said. “This will help out tremendously.”

Though it is not a full 100-yard field, there is still plenty of room to run practice football drills and potentially have two teams practice at once, and Stadium lights have been installed so practices could go late into fall and spring nights. 

There are other plans on the way for Dawson County Parks and Rec., according to Payne. After financial decreases due to COVID-19, SPLOST funding has been down this year, some projects have had to be put on pause. Once funding is back at a normal level, Payne said they would look to put turf in at the Rock Creek soccer complex. 

“In a perfect world, we would come in and revamp all of our parks,” Payne said. 

But with weekly maintenance to make sure the grass stays healthy, the new multi-purpose field should be a great asset for Dawson County Parks and Rec., Payne said.