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Milton's elected officials as well as Parks and Recreation staff tossed the dirt on home plate at Bell Memorial Park to mark the groundbreaking of the park's redevelopment. Jonathan Copsey. (click for larger version)
August 11, 2014
MILTON, Ga. – The dirt was tossed onto home plate Aug. 8 to mark the official expansion of Milton's Bell Memorial Park, off Thompson Road.

For the next year, the park will be closed to the public as it is bulldozed and then rebuilt.

"About three years ago, we tried to assemble Bell Park to expand the recreation programs," said City Administrator Chris Lagerbloom. "Now, we have successfully almost doubled the size."

The $9.4 million expansion will see Bell Memorial expand from a 12-acre park with four baseball fields to a nearly 30-acre multi-use facility with both passive and active recreation options.

The new park design will have four dedicated baseball/softball fields. There will also be two rectangular fields lined for football, soccer and lacrosse. The second field can also be set up as a 200-foot, fifth diamond field.

Programming between spring, summer and fall will vary the configuration of four diamonds and two rectangular fields versus five diamonds and one rectangular field.

"This park area is another classroom for our kids," said Milton Councilman Matt Kunz. "They will learn life lessons they cannot get anywhere else."

The park will re-open a year from now.

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