The Central Sports Complex features multi-purpose fields, a convenience station, playground and walking trail. Funding was a combination of SPLOST and Impact Fees.
Coweta County Project
Cost: $1,183,687.13 (Impact Fees) and $630,382.52 (SPLOST)
This project consisted of constructing restrooms in three City parks and the remodel of one existing. First Avenue, Greenville Street Park, and Ray Park are the locations for the newly constructed restrooms and the remodel of the existing facility is at Lynch Park. These facilities are much needed to add convenience to park goers and when events are held at these locations. The City has many local events, but in the past had no public restrooms. This can especially be a challenge for parents with small children. The funding source for the project is 100% SPLOST 2007/2013, and the projects were completed in 2015.
City of Newnan Project
Total Costs: $181,787.50
The City made several improvements to Lynch Park area over a two or three year period. Improvements include increased and reconfigured parking spaces for the gym, a new parking lot for ball fields, swimming pool, pool house, a new multi-purpose field, increased playground space, enhanced vehicular and pedestrian circulation within the park, improved overall grading and drainage, and upgraded curbing, sidewalk, fencing along Wesley Street, spacious covered pavilion, a half-mile walking path, and a substantial multi-colored playground.
Also as part of the overall park improvements, the City installed one of the first permeable paver parking lots to be located in Newnan. Unlike traditional asphalt or concrete, the permeable pavers allow water to run through the parking lot rather than pool on top or run off of it. The water percolates through it when it seeps through the spaces in the brick pavers to cleansing layers of gravel below. The gravel acts as a natural filter, cleaning the water of pollutants. The environmentally friendly permeable paving system was specifically chosen in this particular situation to eliminate a detention pond, to reduce stormwater runoff, to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff, and to provide a solid and practical educational demonstration project to encourage further use. This project was 100% funded by SPLOST 2007.
City of Newnan Project
Total Costs: $1,331,986.24
Ray Park is a 1.89 acre passive recreational park located at the intersection of Spring Street and Spring Circle, a couple of blocks west of Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Newnan. The recently renovated park was completely overhauled and re-designed and constructed as a neighborhood park for play, exercise, and relaxation for the citizens of Newnan.
The new park features a large oval shaped walked path that meanders through the recreational area. A sizeable open lawn area lies within the boundaries walking trails, which also includes a pedestrian bridge that traverses an existing small stream. Three covered pavilions, accessorized with picnic tables, are strategically positioned along the exterior of the walkways, as well as a wooden arbor located at the entrance to the park. A separate playground, specifically designed for small children, is featured, as well as a stone seating wall that shadows the play area. Several stone seating walls provide additional seating and vantage points and are also used to tie the park together with extensive landscaping that will provide color and interest throughout the year.
As the City has done on several other recent recreational projects, the project also included another permeable paving parking lot. The environmentally friendly permeable paving system was specifically chosen in this particular situation to eliminate a detention pond, to reduce stormwater runoff, to reduce pollutants from the runoff, and to again provide a solid and practical demonstration project to encourage further use. This recreational renovation project was part of the City’s overall Parks and Recreation Master Plan and was 100% funded through the City’s SPLOST 2007. Ray Park was completed in October of 2014.
City of Newnan Project
Total Costs: $489,704.13
First Avenue Park is a 3.5 acre passive recreational park located along First Avenue, strategically placed on the edge of the historic Greenville/LaGrange residential neighborhood and is within walking distance of historic downtown Newnan. The family-oriented park was designed as a neighborhood park for play and exercise for the citizens of Newnan.
The park features a large oval shaped walking trail and pathway system that connects both First Avenue and LaGrange Street to the park. A large open grassed multi-purpose field lies within the walkways, and covered pavilions with picnic tables are positioned along the exterior. A separate play area designed specifically for small children is encompassed by a grey crab orchard stone seating wall. The detailed stone work is also used to tie the extensively landscaped park together through a low retaining wall that also serves as additional seating, and the park has several strategically placed columns along the walkways. This park was 100% funded by SPLOST 2002.