From Sunday’s Douglas County Sentinel:

City Council studies plan for park upgrades
By Bobby Moore
Staff Writer

Adoption of a proposed concept plan for $7,335,500 worth of improvements to Hunter Park was discussed Thursday by the Douglasville City Council at its work session.

Based on the concept plan, Hunter Park will be enhanced by rebuilt tennis courts, a new $3 million recreation center, new or renovated ball fields and more than 900 parking spaces throughout the park.

According to Mayor Pro-Tem Roy Mims, the proposed concept plan, if passed Monday by the council, will eventually be upgraded to a more detailed plan which will show the addition of picnic areas and landscaping improvements.

While she did not specify a timetable for completion of these projects, Parks and Recreation Director Tracey Ivey said that the recreation center itself might take a year to construct.

A separate agenda item from Thursday showed that implementation of this concept plan will be paid for through the city’s 2002 SPLOST funds for parks and recreation improvements.

In other news, the council discussed adopting a resolution acknowledging the Sept. 16 general obligation bond referendum which was passed by a majority of city voters. The $23 million general obligation bond will be used to build the Douglasville Police Department’s new public safety and municipal court building on city-owned property off Fairburn Road near Interstate 20.

At Monday night’s regular meeting, the council will also vote on adding a cleaning and damage deposit to the room rental contracts for Jesse Davis and Hunter parks.

According to Ivey, the newly-worded contracts will be consistent with the current rules for renting the Douglasville Downtown Conference Center.