Cumming City Park to be renovated
Closed until fall 2015 for improvements

by Aldo Nahed

January 27, 2014

CUMMING, Ga. — The city of Cumming has closed its park as renovation and improvement plans move forward.

Cumming City Park closed for about 20 months, or until the fall of 2015, starting on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

New features will include a playground, a multipurpose building with offices and even an amphitheater, if the $4 million allotted for the project goes that far, said Greg Little, the city’s recreation and parks director.

The park, located on Pilgrim Mill Road near downtown Cumming, will lose small buildings, picnic tables, playground equipment, its baseball field, which in 2013 hosted about 40 tournament games, and its swimming pool, which closed after the Cumming Aquatic Center opened in June 2011 about a mile north.

“It’s a complete redesign,” said Little.

The park closed because there will be a lot of heavy machinery there to remove existing buildings and structures.

“There’s a large amount of removal and takedown of the buildings, fencing and those types of items,” Little told members of the Cumming City Council.

Conceptual design plans were approved last month, and the closure of the park was approved on Jan. 21.

Included in the proposal for the new park is an activities building that could offer dance and exercise classes, as well as an outdoor children’s splash pad area and new playground.

In addition, more parking and a boardwalk nature observation area are planned.

The new park will be funded through an intergovernmental agreement with Forsyth County.

Because the city has special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) money dedicated for a parking deck, it gave $5.3 million to the county to help build the two parking garages planned for downtown Cumming for the new courthouse and jail facilities under construction.

The city and county are partners in the construction of the new jail and courthouse.

In exchange, the city received $4 million toward the enhancement of the city-owned park.

The city is currently working on a cost analysis of the project.