Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency Advisory Board voted unanimously Wednesday to have the planned park renamed in honor of all veterans in the county. The name will now go to county commissioners for final approval.
Recreation Director Bryan Reynolds said the name, “Cherokee Veterans Park” was originally discussed by the Board of Commissioners to be used for the 140-acre property off Allison Lane in Ball Ground.
“Since that park (in Ball Ground) is so far in the future, and we’re ready to design the East Park project now, I suggested to Commissioner Harry Johnson a couple of weeks ago that we use the name Cherokee Veterans Park now,” Reynolds said. “This allows us to have parks in the north and south of the county named after those who dedicated their lives to our freedom.”
Patriots Park in southwest Cherokee was the first county park to be named in honor of those who risked their lives to serve and protect during the terrorism attacks on 9/11.
Reynolds said he wants to be able to include a veteran’s memorial or armed services monument in Cherokee Veterans Park.
Recreation Board Chairman Chris Hampton said he loved the park’s renaming idea. He suggested the possibility of selling bricks to residents who want to have a family member’s name engraved in honor of their military service.
The master plan and design services for Cherokee Veterans Park, which could be developed in phases, are currently out for bid, Reynolds said.
“We had a pre-proposal meeting that drew a very large interest from about 11 firms. Although we don’t have the money to develop all 140 acres, we asked that we be given a master plan, then have the firm give estimates, and we’ll look to see what should be in the first phase. Our next step is to hold public meetings in the fall so citizens can give input as to what they want to see in the park,” Reynolds said. “The Macedonia/Creekview area has an extreme shortage of multipurpose fields. We are also probably going to build softball and baseball fields.”
As for the entrance of the park, Reynolds said he plans for it to be directly across from Water Tank Road, then to ask Georgia Department of Transportation for permission to install a signal with extra turn lanes to help the flow of traffic along Highway 20.
Cherokee Veterans Park will be developed with money designated from the $90 million parks bond Cherokee voters approved in 2008.