The Cobb Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday, with Commissioner JoAnn Birrell absent, to approve a contract with W.E. Contracting Company to provide about $2.9 million in construction services for the park. Of the $2.9 million, about $1.5 will come from county funds and about $1.4 will come from the city of Powder Springs.
Outdated features and problems with frequent flooding have spurred the renovations to the park, at 3899 Brownsville Road near Marietta Street, with funding for the project coming from the county and city’s 2011 SPLOST programs, according to Project Manager Tom Bills.
The park serves the Powder Springs Baseball Association and the program’s success has led to a growth the current park’s fields can’t handle, Bills said. As a result, the association has had to split their activities between multiple parks. To accommodate the program, the project is adding a new, five-field hub to the park’s existing four ball fields.
“They will be able to serve their entire association within this one park,” he said. “More importantly, the new hub will allow the association to meet the demand for younger players and to serve more kids.”
The fields will get updated dugouts, scoreboards, field lighting, grassing, irrigation, batting cages, fencing and sidewalks. A new concession stand, additional parking and a new playground are also coming to the park.
Mayor Pat Vaughn said she is glad the park is being renovated.
“We’ve been hoping to see it for a while,” she said. “We’ve needed this for several years.”
Flooding has repeatedly been a problem for the park. It was heavily impacted by the flooding of Powder Springs Creek in 2009. Bills said another big problem is the swimming pool at the front of the park, so it will be demolished and filled. A seasonal park currently under construction at nearby Wild Horse Creek Park will provide water recreation in its stead.
The new plan shifts the high activity areas, such as the new concession stand, to the back of the park, where the higher elevation should help against the flooding.
The project is intended to be completed in August 2015, Bills said, so the association can use the entire park for the fall baseball season.
“This is a win-win for the youth,” Vaughn said. “It’s a great day for them.”