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Work at park on schedule

Much remains before opening for October

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Though much work remains, Columbia County officials say a new park in Evans is on schedule for an October opening.

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Workers put in a brick walk around the pavilion at Evans Town Center Park, which will open to the public early in October.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Workers put in a brick walk around the pavilion at Evans Town Center Park, which will open to the public early in October.

"Everything is right on schedule, but nothing is at 100 percent," Paul Scarbary, the county Facility Services manager, said of Evans Town Center Park. "A lot of things still need some little things."

Landscaping is scheduled to start this week at the 17-acre park on Evans Town Center Boulevard.

An 11-week process, landscaping will start with the installation of an irrigation system before sod is put down, said Barry Smith, the Community and Leisure Services director.

"Once (sodding) begins, it will really start to look like a finished product," Scarbary said. "Still, we're a good ways out."

Motorists passing by can see that many of the park's structures -- amphitheater, gazebo, playground, several picnic shelters, restroom and concession stand, and splash pad -- are under way and some near completion.

The little things Scarbary cited include adding stripes to the parking lot and laying down a rubberized mat at the playground.

The list doesn't end there, Smith said.

"The dog park has not been completed," he said. "There's a lot of accent brickwork that's not been done. The wrought-iron fence is being installed. We also still have to finish the walking track."

Work on the park started last year.

Since then, county officials have added more than $1.4 million in amenities to the nearly $4.7 million park. Those amenities include additional parking; a green room for the amphitheater; and landscape, electrical and equipment upgrades.

Despite the additions, Smith said, the park will be ready for public use by early October, though a grand-opening ceremony won't be held until later that month.

Smith said a date for the grand opening must be coordinated with country group Lady Antebellum, the namesake for the 5,000-seat amphitheater, who will perform.

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fd1962 07/05/11 - 07:12 am
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Sod? Where? Grass is so
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Sod? Where? Grass is so proletarian these days. Why change the plan now? Concrete and asphalt is much more sensible, and helps keep the number of kids down.

fd1962
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fd1962 07/05/11 - 07:35 am
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fd1962 07/05/11 - 07:27 am
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And giant electronic
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And giant electronic billboards featuring the new Park Rules should pretty much eliminate any remaining open-space vistas.

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raul 07/05/11 - 12:18 pm
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An outdoor pool would have

An outdoor pool would have been nice, sigh!

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