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Carrollton Half Marathon

This inaugural race begins at Carrollton’s historic Adamson Square, then takes you through the city and over the rolling hills of the Carrollton GreenBelt. Cross the finish line to a festival featuring live music, local food and craft brews. 

Individual or relay team registration includes a T-shirt, finisher’s medal and free food and brew tickets. 

Registration is open. Sign up today! 

Fall Sports and Classes

Fall is fast approaching and we’re just weeks away from the kiddos heading back to school. Carrollton’s got all your after school activities covered!

Love sports? Register now for recreation football, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, track and soccer. Join our award-winning gymnastics and cheer program. Did we mention our array of aquatics and fitness programs? Find out more about the altogether active options for you and your family this fall.

Get creative. The Center for the Arts offers a broad range of classes in ballet, dance, theatre, visual arts, baking, jewelry making and more. Learn to play a new instrument with lessons from one of our experienced instructors. No matter what your passion, we have fun options that will make this an altogether artistic autumn.

Nutcracker Auditions

Become a part of this altogether magical performance.

Auditions for the November production of the Nutcracker Ballet are scheduled for August 3, from 9:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and August 4, from 12:30-7:30 p.m., at the Carrollton Center for the Arts. There are many roles for all ages and levels of ballet and dance experience. Actors must register to attend an audition. Click here for registration times and other details or call 770-838-1083. 

Downtown’s Amp Park Has Got Game

It’s game on at downtown Carrollton’s Amp Park thanks to new outdoor recreation equipment.

Carrollton Main Street recently installed outdoor gaming equipment in the park between the Amp and courthouse parking deck. The park now features two ping-pong tables, a foosball table, a chess table and cornhole boards, all made out of concrete to withstand the elements.

“During community workshops held last year for Carrollton’s Comprehensive Plan update, inactive parks were brought up several times,” said Main Street Director Aundi Lesley. “Many citizens said they would like to activate some of those parks and see those spaces better utilized. The Main Street Board and I thought the park in the heart of downtown, right behind the Amp, would be a great place to start.”

People can check out and return chess and checkers pieces, cornhole bags, foosballs and ping-pong balls and paddles at Otter’s Chicken right behind the Amp during their business hours or can bring their own game pieces.

“The community can play during our Main Street events, while waiting for a table at one of our restaurants or come hang out and play any day of the week,” Lesley said.

The gaming gear was purchased with 2018 Taste of Carrollton proceeds. A ribbon cutting for the new park equipment was held July 11.

To learn more, contact Aundi Lesley, Carrollton Main Street director, at 770-832-6901.       

Main Street Board Ribbon Cutting at downtown’s Amp Park

Award-Winning Water

TEAMWORK EARNS AWARDS FOR CARROLLTON WATER TREATMENT PLANTS

Both Carrollton’s water and wastewater treatment facilities have been awarded the Georgia Association of Water Professionals’ Platinum Award for calendar year 2018. The Platinum Award represents five years of perfect operations at the water plant and 12 years of perfect operations at the wastewater facility.

“These awards are operational awards and are a reflection of our employees’ diligence,” said Carrollton Operations Manager Tony Richardson. “This award is larger than those two departments. It’s a recognition of the entire city’s collaborative efforts.”

Richardson said the operations at the two treatment facilities are monitored using tens of thousands of tests each year. Perfect scores on all the tests lead to the platinum awards. But, a single bad result on any of the tests will disqualify a facility from platinum status. Carrollton’s wastewater plant is one of only 13 in the state with 12 or more years of perfect operations.

The city has made several improvements to the infrastructure at both treatment facilities. At the drinking water facility, the city refurbished concrete structures that were put in place in the 1950s and the 1970s. At the wastewater plant, the city replaced equipment, which Richardson called “the headworks,” including grit removal and screening equipment, that had been in place for 30 years.

“We made it so many years without having to replace this equipment,” said Richardson. “We get more life out of our equipment than most places do. But we really focus on managing what we have.”

The water treatment plant received the People’s Choice Award for Best-Tasting Tap Water in Georgia at the GAWP’s annual conference last year.

“We treat our drinking water twice,” said Richardson. “First using the conventional process then through our membrane filtration system. That is what has helped our quality of water.”

Other awards received by the Carrollton water treatment plant include: GAWWA Outstanding Operation of a Water Distribution System in 2004; Gold Award for Quality Operation for 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; GAWP District 3 Best Tasting Tap Water, 2009; District 3 Best Tasting Tap Water, 2017; GAWWA Best Tasting Tap Water in Georgia, 2017, and the Laboratory Quality Assurance Award in 2005 and 2012.

“We really appreciate the support of the mayor and council and all the departments,” Richardson said. “It is this level of support that allows us to continue operations that are consistently recognized by professional organizations.”