Harris Shoals Park Renewal Project 2020

The City Council’s Parks & Streets’ Committee has established the "Harris Shoals Park Renewal Project 2020 Subcommittee" which has been charged by the Mayor to make recommendations to the City Council that would create a park atmosphere that is environmentally sustainable and ecologically sensitive and which offers both active and passive recreational opportunities. In addition, the subcommittee will be looking into finding more immediate solutions for short-term repairs and renovations to the existing playground and equipment.

The subcommittee is currently working on the following two projects:

  • Project A: ESP Proposed Miracle League ball field and ADA accessible playground
  • Project B: Park Renewal Project

Project A: ESP Proposed Miracle League ball field and ADA accessible playground

On May 20, 2020, the Mayor and City Council received a presentation from Laura Whitaker, ESP Executive Director of a proposed concept plan for a Miracle League ball field and an ADA accessible playground at Harris Shoals Park. The proposed concept plan may be viewed here. There was consensus from the Council to move forward and engage the public in obtaining input into the proposed plan.The following public input sessions have been scheduled:

  • Friday, May 29 @ 12 noon. Join us for a public feedback virtual lunch and learn regarding the proposed ESP Concept Plan improvements to Harris Shoals Park. 

To join the Zoom Meeting, click here or cut and paste the link below into your browser: 

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Meeting ID: 935 2385 0838

Password: 402976

To join the meeting by phone, dial +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) and enter Meeting ID: 935 2385 0838 and Password: 402976

  • June 6 @ 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Public input session will be held at ESP (189 VFW Drive)

  • June 10 @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Public input session will be held at ESP (189 VFW Drive)

All Questions & Answers received and provided at the above noted public input sessions have been compiled into this working document for review by the public.

On June 17, 2020, the Council will receive a report on the public input sessions. It is anticipated that the Council will vote on whether or not to move forward with establishing a formal relationship with ESP for these proposed park improvements. Should the Council decide to do so, then an agreement would need to be created to govern the effort. Such an agreement would come back before the Council at one of their voting meetings. If an agreement was approved, ESP would still be required to go through the site development plan process with the City to obtain approval for construction and ultimately, apply for and obtain a building permit, like any other developer.  

For more information, call City Hall at 706-769-5161.

Project B: Park Renewal Project

In an effort to work on creating a park atmosphere that is environmentally sustainable and ecologically sensitive and offering both active and passive recreational opportunities, the Subcommittee has established a relationship with the Bob Smith Planning Group (no relation to Mayor Bob Smith) and solicited the help of Jane Bath, an Oconee County resident with a wealth of knowledge in sustainable and environmentally-friendly landscape techniques. 

To obtain insight from citizens into the potential redesign, renovation, and/or rehabilitation of Harris Shoals Park, the subcommittee is hosting a community drop-in from 10 AM to 12 Noon on Saturday, June 20 at City Hall for your input and opinion regarding the master plan for Harris Shoals Park.  You will meet members of the design team and be able to directly provide your ideas and vision for the future of the park.  The session will showcase data that has been collected to assist with master planning efforts and will build upon the past surveys that have been collected for program and facility improvements. Your input and participation is vitally important as we plan for the future and enhancement of this beloved resource.  We look forward to seeing you!

For more information, call City Hall at 706-769-5161.