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Fairburn park getting facelift
by Noreen Cochran
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Edith Hamler and her son, Lorenzo Hamler, 8, of Fairburn, visit Duncan Park every day after school to feed the geese and are looking forward to the park renovations.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Edith Hamler and her son, Lorenzo Hamler, 8, of Fairburn, visit Duncan Park every day after school to feed the geese and are looking forward to the park renovations.
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Fairburn residents will be able to frolic in a new pool and root for their favorite teams on a new football field after a $2 million remodel of Clarence Duncan Park is done.

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.

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