The Board of Aldermen agreed to pay $160,000 for the design plans to add 12 acres to Logan Farm Park at its last regular meeting.
Mayor Tommy Allegood said the new piece of park is adjacent to Cherokee and Taylor streets and is on the downtown side of Tanyard Creek.
“Logan Farm Expansion creates a new park that will have additional resources that will serve every part of our population, from toddlers to seniors,” Allegood said.
James Albright, director of the city’s parks department, said Tanyard Creek separates the existing Logan Farm Park and the new parcel of land.
Pedestrian bridges over the creek will link the two areas once the first phase of construction is complete, Albright said.
Allegood said he anticipated construction on the first phase to begin by the end of the year, and Albright said he hoped building will be winding down by 2015’s end.
He said a second phase of construction would finish up improvements to the area somewhere down the line.
The first wave of work would include parking construction, connecting existing trails with new ones, drainage improvements, bridges and grading, Albright said, depending on the funds available at the time of construction.
He said the city anticipated spending half of the projected $1.5 million expansion cost in the first phase and the other half during the second.
The city will pull some of the funding for the initial phase of construction from what it was allotted in the 2011 SPLOST, Albright said, with the rest coming from federal grant money.
Phase two could potentially include final landscaping and the construction of a playground and restroom facilities, Albright said, depending on how much funding the city can secure.
He said the project appears on the proposed 2016 SPLOST list, whose fate will be decided in the November general election.
Albright said the county has spent the more than 15 years since buying up Logan Farm’s original 30-acre plot strategically acquiring properties to create an assemblage of more than 120 acres that stretches from Cowan Road to Highway 92.
Albright said the city purchased Logan Farm’s first parcel in 1998.
The mayor said the park expansion aims to bring about the “best quality of life for the citizens of Acworth.”
“Logan Farm’s multi-purpose field and trails are used by hundreds of folks every day,” Allegood said.
“For the past 10 years, almost every year we have continued to upgrade Logan Farm Park with trails, multi-purpose fields, bridges and additional green space.”