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October 25, 2013
MILTON, Ga.¬¬— Milton's City Council approved the redesign plan for Bell Memorial Park at its Oct. 21 council meeting.

"We're very excited to move forward," Parks and Recreation Director Jim Cregge said.

The redesign of the park will include a two-story building for concessions, score keeping and public restrooms as well as a one-mile walking path.

"The first half of the path will be asphalt and the second will be of considerably rougher terrain," Cregge said.

Plans call for four dedicated baseball fields varying in size and two multi-purpose turf fields.

"One turf field will have a baseball field painted into it," Cregge said.

Council also approved about $305,000 to convert the design into blueprints to begin the bid process.

Cregge said it would take about six months to complete the blueprints and bidding process before City Council votes on the recommended bid.

"Once the bid is approved, we'll begin the process," he said.

The park is set to shut down for construction on Memorial Day 2014 and remain closed for about 12 months.

Because of the program size, Cregge said leagues would likely have to play at different locations throughout neighboring communities but that details are still in the works.

"We are blessed to have neighboring communities willing to help us," he said. Councilmember Matt Kunz said the park redesign is a much-needed addition to Milton. "The Parks and Rec Department clearly took the needs of the community into consideration when designing this park," he said.

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