Construction is ongoing at South Hall’s Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch.
“The site work, which includes the grading, the parking lot, the entrance road – that should be completed by the end of February,” said Jody Woodall with Hall County engineering. “The community building is framed. They’re starting to work on the roof.
“We are on schedule for that, as well.”
Original plans to move forward on the 100-acre property, located off of Blackjack Road behind the Sterling on the Lake subdivision, were delayed during the recession after the county purchased the land in 2005.
A groundbreaking ceremony was finally held last September. Since then, it’s been all systems go for the first phase of construction.
Woodall said everything is on track for a spring opening. In development for this first phase of park construction are a playground, disc golf course, amphitheater and 3-D archery range.
“We do have county crews working on the hiking and biking trails out there right now,” Woodall added.
Playground equipment has been donated for the park from a former day care center, he said.
There are also plans to reconstruct the historic log cabin home of Col. James Roberts on the premises. The home belonging to the Revolutionary War veteran has been dismantled and is currently in storage at the Hall County Historical Society.
Doug Smith of the society said funds are needed to secure the project.
“We’re in the process of trying to raise money,” Smith said. “We’re going to apply for a federal grant that will give us some seed money so that we can see what we’ve got and what we’re going to do with it, and see how much it’s going to cost to erect it.
“I just know that it’s going to cost a lot of money to get some carpenters out there,” he added. “It’s sort of like putting Legos together, and they don’t match.”
There’s no real time frame as to the construction of the home; it all hinges on funding, Smith said.
Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Hall County Historical Society at P.O. Box 191, Gainesville, GA 30501.