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The Artsy Side of Canton Made Official

Canton is excited to be the first city in the county to adopt a Public Art Master Plan! In April 2022, the Canton Cultural Arts Commission (CCAC) issued a request for proposals to create the plan for the city. Ohio-based firm Designing Local was selected, and through the process, they spent countless hours interviewing elected officials, City staff...

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Canton’s Great Outdoors

Outdoor adventures in the "Coolest Small Town in America" abound. Here's what you need to know to plan some fun with your family without ever leaving Canton! Make a Splash! * Explore the Etowah River
Bring your tubes, rafts, or kayaks to adventure down the Etowah River, which flows right through Canton. There are kayak launches at Boling Park and E...

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Sweet Summertime in Canton

The summer season in Canton is filled with enjoyable entertainment options. Here are some of the highlights: First FridayThe Troubadour Project (6/2) and Rupert's Orchestra (7/7)Bring your friends and hang out in downtown Canton for a family friendly night filled with live entertainment. The Troubadour Project faithfully recreates all the sounds, v...

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City of Canton Park Updates

One of the tenets of the City of Canton's Roadmap for Success is "Connecting Citizens to Parks and Recreation." Team Canton is proud of the work we've accomplished on our expanding and improving parks system: Etowah River Park recently expanded eastward, under and across I-575. The park includes a 1.5 mile trail along the river. Events held here in...

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Continuing on Its Creative Path City of Canton Seeks Residents’ Input for Arts Master Plan

 Canton's mayor and City Council have set clear intentions for economic development as well as resident and visitor experiences in the city of Canton. Adding a manager of economic development & tourism to Team Canton last year and forming the Canton Cultural Arts Commission (CCAC) are two major accomplishments. Naturally following these ar...

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Best Adaptive Reuse Award Goes to The Mill on Etowah

 At its annual conference in August, the Georgia Downtown Association recognized City of Canton with an Award of Excellence in the category of Best Adaptive Reuse for The Mill on Etowah. This stunning adaptive reuse development, which once housed a 120-year-old cotton mill, is nestled on 35 acres along the banks of Canton's Etowah River. The M...

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What’s New in ’22? Canton Project Updates

Canton is past the midway point for completing the Water Pollution Control Plant at Boling Park, which will increase daily sewage treatment capacity by 3 million gallons, allowing for further development and better sustainability practices. The Old Ball Ground Sewer Line Expansion Phase 2 and Westward Etowah River Trail Connection Project are expec...

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Public Art Initiatives Bloom in Canton

Completed earlier this spring by professional artist Madison Beaulieu, the blossoms on the new wildflower mural at North and Lee Streets in downtown Canton instantly became a free gathering spot of connectivity and accessibility to art for everyone – outside the walls of a museum or gallery. Providing opportunities to encounter art and to engage wi...

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Art-ify It! New Canton Cultural Arts Commission to Promote Art

The newly appointed Canton Cultural Arts Commission (CCAC) plans to use public art in parks, at events, and through other community art initiatives to "art-ify" the city at large. "Art-ify" is a fun and creative term meaning to make more beautiful and meaningful through art. "Art can and should enhance Canton and the lives of its residents and visi...

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Mapping Our Way to Economic Success

The term "economic development" is broad and holds different meanings for different people. Just a few weeks ago, I met a Cherokee County resident while hanging out at Canton's Green Line Brewery. While we were discussing City of Canton goals, he kept putting "economic development" in air quotes whenever he said it. He had fallen for a couple of co...

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Go, Go Golf Carts

 On September 17, the Canton City Council approved a Personal Transportation Vehicle (PTV) ordinance, which can be found under chapter 58, article V, section 58 of the City's Municipal Code. If you don't want to look it up, here are fast facts at a glance: What is a PTV?A personal transportation vehicle is defined as all electric- and gasoline...

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The City of Canton Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion

When I was considering a run for Canton City Council, I received overwhelming support. But every now and then, I'd run into what amounted to this message: Who do you think you are? You were not born here. Once or twice that message extended to include: Plus, you're a woman — an outspoken woman.

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Fill ‘Er Up!

Making a Green Difference, One Bottle at a Time 

By Brooke Schmidt

Canton is going greener, y'all! When I ran for Canton City Council last year, I knew that one of the initiatives I wanted to help usher in was the installation of water bottle filling stations in our City buildings and parks. Making it easier for citizens to reduce their dependence on single-use plastics leads to less litter in our parks, greenspaces, trails, and waterways. Now, residents and visitors will find bottle filling stations in Canton's City Hall, and as the trails get completed, they will be added there as well as in City parks.

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