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City will work with regional commission for Lake Lanier Olympic Park grant
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The Olympic Park Boathouse on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, pictured Feb. 24, 2018. - photo by David Barnes

Gainesville will be working with the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission to apply for a grant for renovations at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

City councilmembers approved the agreement Tuesday, with Councilwoman Barbara Brooks absent from the meeting.

The park’s foundation, Gainesville-Hall ’96, had a contract with the commission, but the city needed to take over that contract now that the state legislature has approved Gainesville’s annexation of the park. The city and Hall County had previously jointly operated the park on Clarks Bridge Road, but now the city will take over operations.

GMRC will prepare the grant application to the Appalachian Regional Commission at no cost to the city. If Gainesville does get a grant, the city would pay GMRC 5 percent of the grant amount for its services.

The grant would help pay for renovations in the boathouse area of the park, which saw flooding earlier this year due to heavy rains.