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LOCAL PROFILE: Fort Yargo State Park

LOCAL PROFILE: Fort Yargo State Park

WINDER, Ga. – Go outside and be a kid, again, at the Fort Yargo State Park. The park, which is located between the capitol city and the land-o-Bulldogs, is a popular among city dwellers who want to a getaway.  

This park was built for the outdoor enthusiast. Visitors can take advantage of the parks eighteen mile biking and hiking trails, the 260-acre lake and wooded disc golf course. The lake offers swimming, kayaking, fishing and boating; so there’s something for everyone.

The park also has a campground and three cottages that rent for $130, each. Those who wish to rent a boat may do so for a minimal fee and others can play miniature and dish golf for $4 and under. The facility also is home to two tennis courts.

Upcoming Events: On May 7, the park will host the Dirty Spokes Mountain Bike Race from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Ball fields coming to Cool Springs Park

Ball fields coming to Cool Springs Park

FLOWERY BRANCH – (Hall County Government) The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to build three competition baseball fields at Cool Springs Park in northwestern Hall County. Construction will begin in about 60 days, and it will take 90-120 days to complete the fields, according to Public Works & Utilities Director Ken Rearden.

“I’m very pleased that we are able to provide sorely needed competition fields for the Chestatee area. Right now, families drive all over the county to play youth baseball. Having fields closer to home will allow more children to participate,” said District 2 Commissioner Billy Powell, in whose district the park is located.

The turf fields will include irrigation and fencing, a bathroom facility, and a gravel parking lot. Though lights will not be installed this year due to the cost, power lines will be run to the fields for the possibility of future lighting.

Lawmakers want to end Ga. 400 Tolls


ATLANTA (AP) - A group of state lawmakers from north Fulton County are asking the state not to extend tolls on Ga. 400 for another decade.

High-ranking legislators from north Fulton County on Friday asked the state to reverse its decision to extend the Ga. 400 toll until 2020. House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones said legislators are exploring whether they can cancel the toll themselves with a new law.

In addition to Jones, signers of the letter to the state Transportation Board include House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, House Judiciary Chairman Wendell Willard and House Ethics Chairman Joe Wilkinson.

They also sent a copy of the letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue and Gov.-elect Nathan Deal.

The State Road and Tollway Authority voted in September to extend the toll.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.)

North Hall Park & Community Center-Library Construction begins this Month

Atlanta, GA--  The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $9.73-million contract late last week for construction of the North Hall Park and Community Center-Library on Nopone Road. Grading work is already under way, and the remaining construction will begin within the next two weeks. Charles Black Construction is the construction manager for the project.

North Hall Park, the community center and library are 1-cent sales tax projects approved by the voters for central North Hall. The commission voted on the Nopone Road site in February.

The first phase of North Hall Park will include four Little League baseball fields, a running track, walking trails, multipurpose field, and a children’s play area. Future phases will include more a recreational lawn, sports fields, hiking/bicycling trails and natural areas.