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.