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Park construction to wrap soon
Officials: Cherokee Bluffs in South Hall could open in June
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A building sits partially completed at Cherokee Bluffs on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The South Hall park is set to open this summer. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Area residents don’t have too much longer to wait for the opening of a long-anticipated South Hall park.

Construction on Cherokee Bluffs, located in Flowery Branch off of Blackjack Road, is expected to be finished in May and open sometime in June, according to county spokeswoman Katie Crumley.

“Of course, the winter weather that we had in February probably did put a little bit of a dent in the schedule,” Crumley said. “But they still are on track at this point to finish in May.”

Work has been steady since the park’s official groundbreaking ceremony in September. While an opening date has not been set, the park should open to the public at some point in June, Crumley said.

County employees will add some finishing touches before the land opens to the public, like mapping out some beginner walking trails and installing a disc golf course.

“That’s just sort of the touch-up work that they can certainly do after the park opens, but if they can have a week or two just to get some of those things in place before it opens to the public, they feel like that would be a nice touch ... to already have some of those features ready and available,” Crumley said.

Once the park opens, along with walking trails and the disc golf course, visitors can enjoy a playground, amphitheater, community building and other park amenities, spanning across the property’s 100 acres.

The county purchased the land in 2006, but development stalled during the Great Recession.

Officials have said they expect the park to be a popular location, particularly since it’s conveniently accessible to nearby Sterling on the Lake residents.

“It would be nice to see everybody take use of this park,” Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller said at the September groundbreaking.