Alice Park Renovations

Two deteriorating wooden pergolas that had been in Carrollton’s Alice Park since it was built 20 years ago have been replaced with new, upgraded metal structures.

“The pergolas were in bad disrepair,” said Randall Eidson, detail officer/project manager for the Carrollton Police Department. “Vines had overcome them so we cut back the vines and tore the wooden structures down.”

Eidson, leading a crew of Carroll County inmates, designed and built the new metal pergolas and supports and welded them at city shops at the East Carrollton Recreation Complex and on Bradley Street. They were installed by crane and forklift with the help of the city’s Facilities Maintenance employees. Workers also repaired concrete around the bases of the pergolas, painted the structures black and painted the concrete to match the brick.

The price tag for the project was just over $9,000. Eidson estimated city employees doing almost all the labor saved the city around $6,000. The improvements to the park took just over a month to complete.

Two houses that once sat on the property at the intersection of Tanner and East Center streets in Carrollton’s In-Town South Historic District had become dilapidated by the late 1990s. Roy Richards, Jr., (the park is named after his late mother, Alice H. Richards) bought the property and donated it to the city. Alice Park was built with donations from the community in 2000.

“Concerned neighbors worked together to clean up a blighted spot and it became a nice property,” said Parks Director Kent Johnston. “It has been a very positive addition to the community.”

Johnston said the park is a popular spot for weddings, hosting several ceremonies each year.

The new pergolas join Alice Park’s other signature fixture, a water feature that was renovated a few years ago, as the park enters its third decade.

As a finishing touch to the project, Facilities Maintenance electrician, Jeremy Mashburn, wired the pergola at the park’s entrance for electricity and installed a lantern-style light fixture, formerly used at the Depot on Bradley, on it.

“I wish everybody would go by at night and see it.” said Eidson. “It looks beautiful,”

Alice Park rents for $75 for a half-day and $100 for a day. For more information on park reservations, contact Janice Kerr at (770)832-1161.

Lakeshore Renovations

Nearly $200,000 in needed improvements to Carrollton’s Lakeshore Pool complex included almost $70,000 in cost savings and could lead to millions in economic benefit to the community.

“The renovations to the Lakeshore Natatorium made during the spring and early summer of 2020 had a profound effect on the appearance and functionality of the pool area,” Parks Director Kent Johnston said. “Visitors are now greeted with a nicely painted structure and pools with new liners and amenities that should serve us well for many years to come.”

Work was completed while the facility was closed due to the pandemic, from early spring until the pool reopened, September 8. CPRD planned to close the pool in August to install new liners but, after thorough inspection, several new items were added to the to-do list.

While replacing the motors and track that open the building’s sliding roof, flaking paint and bare metal were discovered on the pool’s metal housing structure, which had not been painted in almost 20 years. The CPRD contracted with a company to do a specialized electrostatic painting process using an epoxy coating.

Prior to and during the painting process, staff removed the liners from both the Junior Olympic sized and training pools. This involved removing the thick rubber liner, then scraping, grinding and torching a felt layer that was glued on under the rubber. Doing this labor-intensive and time consuming work in-house saved the city more than $17,000.

To ensure the pool is the proper length for sanctioned swim meets, which can bring millions of dollars in spending to town, the walls of the competition swim area were sanded and ground to remove concrete that was added during repairs over the years. Staff removed and repaired the concrete and re-installed parts of the pools’ gutter circulation system. More than $50,000 was saved by employees doing this work. A contractor installed the new liners in August.

“When we reopened, all our swimmers were thrilled to be able to get back into the water,” said Recreation Director Julie Ivey. “Our Bluefin Swim Team and lap swimmers were the first to reap the rewards of the improvements. Our swim lesson and water aerobics numbers have increased due to the newly renovated area. We are grateful to the mayor and council for supporting this project and we look forward to being able to host swim meets and other activities in the future.”

Other improvements made during this time included new ladders in both pools, a new drain grate, painting the pool deck, replacing sand in pool filters and replacing the main blower assembly of the pools’ heating and dehumidifier system. The Warrior Garage out of Bremen, part of the wounded warrior program that helps military veterans, also removed and powder coated all 16 of the diving blocks used for competition swim.

The total cost of the renovations was $177,898. The work done by employees saved the city nearly $70,000.

For more information about the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department or its programs, please call (770) 832-1161. 

Heroes for Hope 5K

September 26, 2020 @ 8:00 am 11:00 am

West GA Technical College Foundation’s Heroes for Hope 5K run raises money for Hope for Tomorrow Scholarships. This GreenBelt event starts and finishes at Hobbs Farm Park on Rome Street in Carrollton. Registration starts at 7am, race starts at 8am. Awards will be given after the last runner crosses the finish line.

West GA Technical College Foundation

678-664-0524

https://www.westgatech.edu/discover-wgtc/foundation/

New Directors at Parks and Recreation Department

Two veteran employees have assumed new leadership roles at the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department. The city restructured the department earlier this year and named Kent Johnston as parks director. Julie Ivey has been named to fill the recently-vacated recreation director position.

“I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity,” said Ivey. “I’ve been extremely fortunate to work under several leaders in the parks and rec world. They have taught me so much and provided me with very valuable insight and experiences along the way. They’ve truly been mentors to me and I’m forever grateful for each one of them. I’m really looking forward to working with Kent Johnston and his amazing division while making certain that this department continues to provide quality parks and recreation programming for all citizens of Carrollton.”

In her new position, Ivey will be responsible for the department’s administration and athletics, aquatics and Catherine Hardy Lavender Center programming. Johnston will oversee parks, facilities and programming.

“As parks director, I look forward to working closely with Julie Ivey and all staff to develop more opportunities for citizens to enjoy parks and recreation in our amazing city,” Johnston said. “I appreciate that I have been entrusted with this role. Park and facilities improvements, enhanced programming, more trails and GreenBelt spurs, beautification and land acquisitions for our children and grandchildren are just a few of the things that keep me motivated in this job. I look forward to the possibilities.”

Ivey has worked in parks and recreation for 35 years, with more than 25 years at the CPRD. Johnston has been with the department for 25 years.

Carroll County Mental Health Advocates 5K

May 9, 2020 @ 7:30 am 12:00 pm

Carroll County Mental Health Advocates’ fundraiser 5K begins at the Target Trailhead of the Carrollton GreenBelt, goes to Laura Park and returns to Target.
7:30-8:30 am: Set Up
8:30 am: Registration
9 am: 1 Mile Fun Run
9:30am: 5K
10:30-11:30am: Refreshments, Award Ceremony, DJ, Wrap Up

Carroll County Mental Health Advocates

678-858-4653

Carrollton GreenBelt

Carrollton, Georgia 30117 United States

Disc Golf Tournament CANCELED

March 22, 2020 @ 7:30 am 6:00 pm

Disc golf tournament at Hobbs Farm Disc Golf Course in Carrollton.

Nicole Ray

678-517-3989

Hobbs Farm Park

1150 Rome Street
Carrollton, Georgia 30117 United States

Mother/Son Dance

February 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Dance, eat and enjoy a fun night for you and your special boy! Dancing, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, door prizes and a gift for every child. Pre-K-8th Grade. Presented by the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department.

$30 per couple, $10 each additional child

The Depot

455 Bradley Street
Carrollton, Georgia 30117 United States

Daddy/Daughter Dances

February 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Come join the tradition! Dancing, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, door prizes and a gift for every child. This is a night to remember for you and your special girl. Tuesday night’s dance, Feb. 11, is for grades 4-8. Presented by the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department.

$30 per couple, $10 each additional child

The Depot

455 Bradley Street
Carrollton, Georgia 30117 United States

Daddy/Daughter Dances

February 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Come join the tradition! Dancing, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, door prizes and a gift for every child. This is a night to remember for you and your special girl. Monday night’s dance, Feb. 10, is for Pre-K-3rd Grade. Tuesday night’s dance, Feb. 11, is for grades 4-8. Presented by the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department.

$30 per couple, $10 each additional child

The Depot

455 Bradley Street
Carrollton, Georgia 30117 United States

Daddy/Daughter/Mother/Son Dances

Dads and moms, enjoy a fun night with your special girl or boy at the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Daddy/Daughter/Mother/Son dances, February 10, 11 and 13. The dances at the Depot on Bradley Street will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts, door prizes and a gift for every child.

Daddy/Daughter Dances
February 10 and 11, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
February 10: Pre-K through 3rd Grade.
February 11: Grades 4-8.

Mother/Son Dance
February 13, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pre-K through 8th Grade

$30 per couple, $10 each additional child


Register at carrolltonparksandrec.com or call 770-832-1161 for more information.