The City Council’s Parks & Streets’ Committee, (Chair, Christine Tucker, Council member) established the "Harris Shoals Park Renewal Project 2020 Subcommittee" which was 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 an effort to address this goal, the Subcommittee 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, and interested citizens.
In June 2020, the Subcommittee hosted a community drop-in at City Hall and received public input into the Master Plan.
On October 21, 2020, the Subcommittee presented the Master Plan to the Mayor and City Council with a plan to formally adopt after the public was able to review the plan and provide comment.
On February 10, 2021, the Subcommittee met at City Hall and via Ring Central for a public presentation and discussion of the proposed Harris Shoals Park Master Plan. Click Harris Shoals Master Plan Report to view. The meeting included an effort to identify priorities and resources, such as citizen volunteers who might assist with implementation once the plan is adopted by City Council. Members of the design team were also in attendance to make the presentation.
On February 17, 2021, the Council adopted the 90-page, 2020 Master Plan Report for Harris Shoals Park presented October 21, 2020, subject to clarifying amendments provided in writing to the Clerk by Planner Smith at the request of the UOWN’s Oconee Waters Committee, and to be maintained in Clerk’s office. To access a copy, click here.
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