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October 29, 2009

Taylor-Brawner Park and Brinkley Park are now open. The most recent park dedication was for Riverline park. The following is the latest update regarding parks in the City of Smyrna. Previous posting(s) follow:

Parks Bond Status Report - October 29, 2009 (By Steve Ciaccio, Parks & Recreation Director)

  • The 14 acre Jonquil Park is weeks away from completion. This park is located at 2801 Park Drive at Fire Station #3. Fields will remain closed through the winter to protect recently installed sod. Walkways, playground, and pavilion will open in November.
  • A passive park at North Cooper Lake Road (name to be determined) is nearing completion. Open meadow, walking and bike trails at this former, inert 50 acre landfill site will open in November. The first planting season for the City’s first community garden will be spring, 2010.
  • A small playground adjacent to the Smyrna Library at 100 Village Green Circle opened in March.
  • The Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church Street was dedicated in March.
  • The 10 acre Taylor-Brawner Park located at 3180 Atlanta Road dedicated in April. Reservations of the Brawner Hall classrooms and reception space or facilities in the historic Taylor-Brawner House may be made by calling 678-631-5545.
  • River Line Park opened in May with fields opening in September. It is at 6043 Oakdale Road.

Thank you residents for your vote of confidence in your elected leadership and City staff to bring these parks and features to Smyrna. We hope you and your family enjoy them. Go Recreate!

Parks Bond Progress Report 11-19-08 (submitted by Steve Ciaccio - Parks & Recreation Director)

New Park Development

  • Taylor-Brawner Park and the campus facility previously known as the Brawner Hospital are both near completion. A December finish of the site includes the demolition of Building A - planned for the week of November 24 - and remaining grading and landscaping in the Phase II area. More than half of the lawns are complete. City staff including the Community Development and Information Systems departments moved the week of November 10, 2008. Picnic structures, sidewalks, and parking lots are installed. The classic-style building will feature public classrooms and conference facilities on the first floor. These will open in January of 2009. The project budget is $9,291,535.00.
  • The expansion of Brinkley Park began 11/07 and dedicated last month. Walking trails, playground, picnic shelter, baseball and tee ball fields, and concession building are included. The project budget is $3,120,623.00. The park is open to the public. Youth baseball will occupy the fields in the spring of 2009.
  • Work on River Line Park on Oakdale Road began 11/07 and is within weeks of completion. Design of the 12-acre site includes lighted multi-use fields, trails, and connection to a Civil War era “shoupade.” The project budget is $1,952,485.00. Youth soccer will occupy fields in summer, 2009 after recently installed sod has had a chance to develop in warmer months. The park will be open for trail use soon.
  • Construction bids for Phase I of a future park on North Cooper Lake Road will be solicited in December. Fill dirt for future use has been graded for meadows. A park entry road, meadows, and trail network are planned. The project budget is $450,000.00 with a planned completion in June, 2009.
  • Burger Park off-leash dog park was dedicated in 7/07. Located at 660 Glendale Road, the park has fenced play areas for large and small dogs, drinking fountains, and parking. The project cost was $77,288.

Projects at Existing Parks

  • Construction bids opened on November 18 for the redevelopment of Jonquil Park. The scope of work includes the installation of 4 soccer fields, added restroom facility, playground, parking, and trails. The budget is $1,698,000.00 with a June, 2009 planned completion.
  • Rose Garden Park was dedicated 5/08. Additions include trails, a volley ball court, improved pedestrian access on Teasley and Turpin Roads, and rehabilitated tennis courts. The project budget was $404,497.00.
  • Work at Church Street Park and the new Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center began in March, 2008. The building will have classrooms, game room, and fitness facilities. Funding for the building comes in part from the federal Community Development Block Grant Program. The budget is $2,445,466.00 The completion schedule is December, 2008 and will open to the public in late January, 2009.
  • New features at Lake Court Park were dedicated 10/07. The park features the City’s 2nd fenced, off-leash dog area, trails, volley ball and bocce court, and restroom facility. The project cost was $448,110.
  • A toddler oriented playground on the Village Green, Smyrna downtown area is planned. Construction will commence in January, 2009 and be open for use in the spring.
  • A playground and sidewalk adjacent to the Cobb School’s annex on Argo Road was dedicated 10/07. The project cost was $75,698. Ridge Forest Park on Ridge Road was dedicated in 7/07. Features are exercise stations, lighting, and connecting sidewalk from Atlanta Road. Cost was $38,967.
  • At the original Brinkley Park, a playground and picnic pavilion was installed. Light poles and field lighting are new also. This work cost $121,914.
  • At Cobb Park, playground equipment, landscaping, and fencing were added 1/07. The Cobb additions cost $62,138.
  • The 6 tennis courts at Tolleson Park and filtration system at Tolleson Pool were replaced in spring, 2006. A mini-spray park was added too. Combined projects here cost $337,267.
    Replacement lighting at Ward Park’s baseball field cost $78,400 in April, 2006.
  • Ten fitness pieces and exercise flooring were added at the Community Center in 3/06 at a cost of $44,994.

Park Land Acquisition

  • Two acres were acquired at 200 Legion Drive for the expansion of Brinkley Park.
  • 554 Spring Street helped expand Durham Park.
  • 910 Church Street was purchased in preparation for the expanded Church Street Park.
  • 817 Cindy Lane was purchased next to Lake Court Park.
  • 1198 Concord Road is the first of several buildings to be purchased on Concord Road so that a green streetscape can be developed between Hunter Street and Legion Drive.
  • One acre was acquired at 6043 Oakdale Drive for the expansion of the multi-purpose park at River Line Park.

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