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By Mariah Parker
On November 6th, the commission will vote to get started on the Dudley Park master plan’s “must-have elements” as identified by the Leisure Services department. This vote comes in the wake of an August open house, which 14 people attended, and online survey that received 142 responses.
If approved by the commission, these first steps would include construction of a picnic area, restrooms and work toward the creation of a family-focused festival field. As well, it would include improvement of wildlife habitat, which would be done with the help of local youth. The suggested improvements will be funded by SPLOST 2011, with a projected cost of $670,000. Should the plan pass, construction would likely begin next summer with a completion date in Spring 2020.
These are just the first of many potential Dudley Park projects. Others include as stage enclosure and for the festival field, improved special event parking for people with disabilities, and a North Oconee River Overlook area. Leisure Services has also identified some potential partnership projects, like improved sidewalks on South Poplar and Mulberry streets, stream bank restoration, a future Trail Creek/Virginia Walker Park crossing, traffic and speed reduction elements, and increased access on foot to the Firefly Trail, that will require other funding sources.
What would you like to see added to Dudley Park? District 2 residents may voice their opinions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out directly to Leisure Services at 706-613-3800. As well, residents are welcome to submit proposals for SPLOST 2020 projects through Nov. 11th.