The city broke ground May 1 on the construction project, funded by a bond approved by voters in 2011, while operating costs will come from a local option sales tax.
Mayor Mario Avery said work has begun on a bigger parking lot, upgraded restrooms, an irrigation system drawing from the park’s lake, better lighting and a new playground.
“The overall goal in the renovation of the park is to create a recreation destination for our residents in a family oriented atmosphere,” he said.
While children are on vacation from school, Fairburn-based Georgia Development Partners will work to hit some major milestones during the 2013-14 school year.
“The playground area should be complete by mid-August and open by Labor Day,” said city engineer Troy Besseche. “The football area improvements will be substantially complete by the end of September, with the grown-in period for our practice football field extending later into the fall.”
Avery said the plans include better handicap access, a new press box and concession stand for the football field, and more.
“We’re taking all the utilities and putting them in the ground. It will make the whole park a lot more attractive,” he said. “In the future, the city hopes to add a walking trail around the lake and to refinish the tennis courts.”
The results may make the park a magnet for residents and visitors alike.
“This will be a great asset for the city and for south Fulton,” Avery said. “I think it’s going to be a dream come true.”
The swimming pool, closed for years, will reopen with a splash pad in summer 2014.
Contractors can bid for its construction in the fall.