The future of Ball Ground looks as bright as ever! In 2020, projects will be completed, and new projects will begin.
Phase one of the Roberts Lake Project is anticipated to be completed by midyear. To date, three footbridges have been installed, approximately 1 mile of trail has been cleared, and markers have been placed. City staff is working to secure the old power generating building to make it safe for visitors. Stay tuned for exciting updates.
The design work for the Valley Street Linear Park will begin this year. The project proposes to include picnic tables, exercise stations, and benches, so visitors can sit and enjoy the beauty of the area. The Valley Street Sidewalk Project was completed last year, providing a safe and beautiful environment for avid walkers and runners. The next phase of this ongoing project will certainly be an asset to Ball Ground residents.
Parks and recreation are always on the minds of Mayor Roberts and the Ball Ground City Council. Currently, staff members are working on a joint project with Cherokee County Parks and Recreation Department to construct a canoe and kayak launch on the Etowah River.
Next time you visit downtown Ball Ground, you will notice something new. Rectangular, rapidly flashing beacons are being installed. The downtown area is heavily traveled each day by large trucks and cars. Pedestrians sometimes have a hard time crossing the street because of the traffic. The beacons will provide heightened driver awareness when pedestrians are either in or about to enter a crosswalk.
There are several new businesses that have discovered that “Ball Ground Is the Place to Be!” Waffle House broke ground on a new building in December with an anticipated opening date in April. Domino’s Pizza opened at their new location at 8302 Ball Ground Highway in January. A third business located at the same address as Domino’s Pizza will open in early spring. It is too early to disclose the name, but residents will be pleasantly surprised when this business opens. Also, several other new businesses are expected to make downtown Ball Ground their new home.
At October’s City Council Meeting, the mayor and councilmembers voted unanimously to surplus and advertise for sealed bids of the old City Hall located at 301 Gilmer Ferry Road. This is one of the oldest buildings in downtown, and we look forward to seeing what the future has in store for it.
If the cold days of winter have you feeling blue, we invite you to hop in your car and take a drive to Ball Ground. You can shop and have a delightful meal that is sure to warm you up.