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Milton's first park: Friendship Community Park opens


Ribbon-cutting ceremony held Dec. 1 during Christmas in Crabapple festivities



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Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood unveils the name of the city’s newest park, Friendship Community Park, during the dedication ceremony on Dec. 1. Also on hand during the ceremony were Crabapple Crossing students Anthony Maisano, Ilana Mermelstein, center, and Andie Robinson with Principal George Freiberger, Fulton School Superintendent Robert Avossa and Northwestern Middle School Principal Jasmine Kullar. CANDY WAYLOCK. (click for larger version)

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Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood presents the keys of the city to Anthony Maisano, Ilana Mermelstein, center and Andie Robinson during the dedication of the new Friendship Community Park on Dec. 1. Maisano submitted the winning name of the park, while Mermelstein and Robinson served on the naming committee that selected the name, Friendship Community Park. All three are fifth-grade students at Crabapple Crossing Elementary School. CANDY WAYLOCK. (click for larger version)

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From left, Anthony Maisano, Ilana Mermelstein and Andie Robinson display the keys to the city of Milton, presented to them by Mayor Joe Lockwood. Maisano submitted the winning name of the park, while Mermelstein and Robinson served on the naming committee that selected the name, Friendship Community Park. All three are fifth-grade students at Crabapple Crossing Elementary School. CANDY WAYLOCK. (click for larger version)

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Children ride the train around the walking trail during the Christmas in Crabapple event at the newly opened Friendship Community Park. CANDY WAYLOCK. (click for larger version)

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CANDY WAYLOCK. (click for larger version)

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CANDY WAYLOCK. (click for larger version)

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CANDY WAYLOCK. (click for larger version)
December 11, 2012
MILTON, Ga. – A near decade-long effort to create a pocket park in Milton came to fruition with the Dec. 1 opening of the Friendship Community Park on land located between Crabapple Crossing Elementary and Northwestern Middle School.

The joint venture project between the Fulton County School System and the city of Milton was officially opened during the Christmas in Crabapple festivities on Dec. 1, but has been informally used by the public since its completion a few weeks ago.

"The park will be used by the schools during school hours and open to the general public when school is not in session," explained Jim Cregge, director of parks for the city of Milton, who helped forge the agreements.

He noted the nearly 2-acre park has an abundance of green space for activities, as well as three picnic tables, a large pavilion, public walking trail and a half-court basketball.

Crabapple Crossing Principal George Freiberger said he has been working on establishing the park since he came to the school eight years ago. The park was a previously unused parcel between the two schools, but school and city leaders recognized the potential for both entities.

"My students will be glad to be off the asphalt [during recess]…and so will my clinic staff," joked Freiberger during the dedication ceremony of the park.

The park was named by Crabapple student Anthony Maisano who submitted the winning name during a "name the park" contest at the school. His submittal, Friendship Community Park, was ultimately selected by the Fulton County Board of Education over the other two finalists, Friendship Park and Crossroads Community Park.

During the park dedication ceremony, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood was one of many dignitaries in attendance, including council members from Milton and Alpharetta, Fulton School Superintendent Robert Avossa, Board of Education member Katie Reeves and Sen. John Albers.

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