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Welcome back the ‘new’ Lanierland Park

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
Forsyth County is bringing back a North Georgia classic with a new twist. The former location of Lanierland Music Park, which closed in 2006, opened in late March as Lanierland Park, a family and sports complex. 
 
The 109-acre site was purchased in 2009 by the county with plans to create a focal point for sports and recreation. Phase I of the park features four rectangular synthetic turf fields for football, soccer and lacrosse, plus picnic pavilions, a playground, concession facilities, restrooms and parking. The fields have metal stand seating.
 
Ground was broken on the $9.2 million Phase I in mid-March of 2016. The formal ribbon cutting took place on March 27, 2017. The Tucker office of Amec Foster Wheeler designed the first phase of the park; Reeves Young of Suwanee served as contractor. The project was funded by a Parks, Recreation and Greenspace Bond that was approved by the county residents in 2008. Impact fees also provided funding for construction.
 
For more than 35 seasons, Lanierland played host to some of America’s top country music stars, including George Jones, BlackHawk, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tanya Tucker and Blake Shelton.
 
“Plans are for Lanierland Park to eventually include a recreation center, but right now, groups and sports teams can rent the facilities for games,” said Sarah Dunlap with the Forsyth County communications department. “The expansion will depend on the availability of funding.”

Posted online 3/31/17
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