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People come out to offer suggestions for new park
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People come out to offer suggestions for new park

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By Alton Mitchell

Tuesday evening presented something unique as residents of LaFayette and the surrounding region turned out in amazing numbers to tell local leaders and planners what they had would like to see grow out of the new LaFayette city park. Many ideas and visions were tossed about that have given planning officials the necessary foundation to see what local residents expectations are moving forward in one of the largest public enrichment projects in recent history.

Many past planning events pertaining to LaFayette’s new city park have been confined to the walls of City Hall, however Tuesdays meeting became something more as the opening atrium of the Chambers County Courthouse became a massive gathering pool of ideas and hopes of the new park in the hearts of residents.

Ideas had been laid out ahead of time by planners on some possible amenities that the new park may feature. As residents entered the Courthouse they were met with several display boards with possible features of the new park. When residents saw one that caught their eye and that was a hope to be in the new park they would be able to place a sticker on that item to show planning officials which items have the greatest pubic interest going forth.

Featured ideas included things such as walk and biking paths, a skateboard park, covered pavilions, sporting fields, a splash pad, roller rinks, and much more. Residents were also allowed to write their ideas on a large display board to give more ideas as to what the park can offer.

The crowds brought hundreds of people out which included people of all ages from adults to children, city officials, planners and volunteers from Smart Landscapes. The excitement was evident in attendees as local youth glanced at some of the things that may be forthcoming with an elevated level of excitement and the actions of adults was not far behind those of the youth as they saw so much potential in the new facility.

City officials have been moving at a very advanced pace to get the planning phases of the new park out the way so hopefully dirt can get to moving soon on the project. The excitement is growing and residents are now seeing the true evidence of what is to come in the massive project as the vision of city leaders is closer to becoming a reality. Officials will be being updated on the interests expressed at the planning meeting in the coming weeks.