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County takes bids on new park, amphitheater
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
July 10, 2013 02:12 PM | 2507 views | 2 2 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Post 1 County Commissioner Dave Carmichael and Board of Commissioners Chairman David Austin look at the plans for the new Paulding County Government Center Park.
Post 1 County Commissioner Dave Carmichael and Board of Commissioners Chairman David Austin look at the plans for the new Paulding County Government Center Park.
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Potential design of the pavilion at the new Paulding County Government Center park.
Potential design of the pavilion at the new Paulding County Government Center park.
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Paulding County is preparing to build a park which has the potential to become the most popular public space in the county, said County Administrator Mike Jones.

Paulding is seeking construction management firms for a project called Paulding County Government Center Park, which will receive a formal name from commissioners at a later date, he said.

The park is planned for the vacant land between U.S. Hwy. 278 and the Watson Government Complex, near South Main Street in Dallas.

“[It is] about a seven-acre piece of land that is not really used for anything,” Jones said.

Features are to include an amphitheater with lawn area that could hold between 2,000 and 2,500 people; a pavilion built in the likeness of the government complex, with a grass area for about 500 people; an active area with a fitness station and a rubberized, half-mile track, which will run along the perimeter of the park.

Picnic tables, wi-fi and charging stations for electronics will be provided. A decorative fence will prevent children from wandering onto U.S. Hwy 278.

“It is the only park like this in the county,” Jones said.

Cost is estimated at $2 million, which will be paid with recreation funds in the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Post 1 Commissioner Dave Carmichael said the facility will be “developed very low maintenance.”

The sales tax only pays for construction, not the upkeep. Leaders foresee minimal costs for maintenance, which will come from the general fund.

Jones said the park is planned to be accessible from the Silver Comet Trail and a sidewalk connecting to downtown Dallas.

“It will be tied in so you can use bikes for all of it,” he said.

Carmichael said he hopes as residents come to the government complex to do business they will also stay and make the park a place to relax and enjoy.

He said he would like to see more parks built which are similar in design. The one issue he sees is noise coming from Hwy. 278, and the need for a noise barrier.

Jones said the bid for the project should be awarded at the board of commissioners’ meeting July 23 at 7 p.m. Construction is scheduled to start in August, and is planned to be complete by the end of the year.

Those wishing to submit proposals must do so by July 19 at 2 p.m. to the Purchasing Division, 240 Constitution Blvd., Dallas, according to the legal notice.
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Concerned Resident
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July 19, 2013
I agree whole-heartedly Peggy! Also, while we are at it...maybe create something more aesthetically and architecturally appealing...the building looks identical to every other cheap, traditional replica in the county (especially the new court house!). Let's do some design that lets Paulding County stand out and be its own! Not regurgitate the same bad designs again and again. Missed opportunity here.
Peggy Cline
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July 11, 2013
It would be nice if more of our public park spaces had more artwork in them. People in the community could work with an artist for a public art installation. It would make them a destination and have a focal point to the park. Carrollton has wonderful mosaic benches in front of their art center and other communities have artwork in the buildings or in sculptures. I think that is one thing Paulding needs to definitely improve and would be well worth the money.

Here is the site for the Carrollton artist who did the bench and other public art: http://www.helwigstudio.com/
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