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Pocket park plans progressing in Fairburn
by Nneka Okona
January 03, 2013 01:18 PM | 1586 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye <br>
From left, Tim Davis, superintendent of the Electric Department; Stephen Hood, assistant fire chief of the Fairburn Fire Department and Vern Sutherland, captain at the Fairburn Police Department.
Staff / Katherine Frye
From left, Tim Davis, superintendent of the Electric Department; Stephen Hood, assistant fire chief of the Fairburn Fire Department and Vern Sutherland, captain at the Fairburn Police Department.
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As a part of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute, 17 of Fairburn’s managers have come together in a major way — to make a planned pocket park a reality.

The group of Fairburn management, referred to as Fairburn Team 360, collaborated on the effort, which was the requirement of the second course of the rigorous three training courses, carried out during an 18-month period.

Classes are held twice a month and the third, and final, course will conclude the early part of this year.

Tom Barber, city manager and one of the members of Fairburn Team 360 said the pocket park was a general consensus.

“We considered numerous projects and decided to get a pocket park started on land next door to city hall,” he said. “We also were required to raise all the funds.”

Team 360’s major fundraiser was a golf tournament held on Oct. 22 at Durham Lakes Golf Course.

The tournament was a success as the event generated $9,000, netting $6,000 total.

“Area businesses sponsored holes, entered teams, provided meals and made cash donations,” said Barber. “We had such a great response from the participants that we might try it again in April.”

Barber said that although the fundraiser was a huge hit, that there is still plenty work to be done to bring the project to completion.

The amount fundraised enabled the group to purchase benches, picnic tables and chairs as well as a sign that reads, “Leadership Park.”

More items, however, are still needed.

“We’ve asked someone to donate a flagpole,” said Barber. “We moved a gazebo from property we recently purchased. We also took down a couple of trees, some fencing and whacked at some kudzu and poison ivy.”

The group hopes to construct a walking trail next.

“Eventually, we would like to add landscaping and maybe build a pavilion,” said Barber. “When complete this will give residents a nice place to walk or enjoy a picnic. We also hope city employees will get some walking in during the day.”

Team 360 hopes to have the park completed by mid year.

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