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 include concerts, 5K races (about 35 each year), and the Snack Shack.
Heritage Park has a plyometric gym addition and new permanent public restrooms along the trail connector. When the weather cooperates, a new playground will be constructed.
Boling Park, leased from the Army Corp of Engineers, will see resurfacing of the drive and parking this spring. The tennis and basketball courts have been renovated, and the creation of a new mural is underway on the basketball court.
The trail connector between Heritage and Boling Parks should be open this summer.
Harmon Park, with additional land purchased using a grant from Atlanta United, will accommodate a new mini-pitch soccer field, basketball court, riverside pavilion, riverside trail, parking and drive improvements, and enhanced baseball facilities. Sidewalk improvements are also planned for connectivity between Sunnyside and Harmon. Please pardon our mess during all this progress.
NEW South Canton Park! The City has purchased 6.2 acres off Marietta Highway, near Ivey Drive, for a new park. This historically underserved area could see the following concepts: world-class dog park, playgrounds, walking tracks, food truck area, tree canopy activities, an event green, and/or other options. Concepts were discussed by the City Council at its February retreat. In developing the City's Roadmap, residents shared an overwhelming desire for a dog park. Thanks to the approval of the recent SPLOST, the plan is for this to be the focus of a new park that also serves as a space the entire family can enjoy.
In addition, the City received a grant of more than $600K for the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Etowah River, connecting the trail currently under construction with The Mill on Etowah. The City has purchased 30 acres along the bend of the Etowah River near the Marietta Highway bridge for continued trails and connectivity.
Focused on providing accessibility options, City of Canton parks offer free public Wi-Fi and Little Free Libraries. As the City refurbishes older parks and creates new ones, all abilities equipment will be included whenever possible.
Y'all get out there and enjoy the great outdoors in the #CoolestSmallTownInAmerica!