Hall County would pay the city of Gainesville $400,000 over the next two years to support operations at Lake Lanier Olympic Park under an agreement unanimously approved by the Gainesville City Council Tuesday.
The city and county had been jointly operating the park and contributing $150,000 each annually. The state legislature has approved the city’s annexation of the park on Clarks Bridge Road, allowing Gainesville to take over operations. The legislation still needs final approval from Gov. Brian Kemp.
Hall would pay Gainesville $200,000 in July 2019 and $200,000 on or before July 2020 “in recognition of the benefits provided” to residents of both the city and county. That money would only be allowed to be used for maintenance and operation of the park.
“We fully support this agreement, and look forward to the continued success of this important, historic asset in our community,” Hall County Administrator Jock Connell said in a statement.
The Gainesville City Council unanimously approved the agreement Tuesday. The Hall County Board of Commissioners will also need to approve the agreement.