Mary Alice Park in Forsyth County scheduled to open soon

Justine Lookenott
Mary Alice Park in Forsyth County, GAPhoto byForsyth County Parks & Recreation

(Forsyth County, GA) Mary Alice Park will soon be open for its first official summer as a Forsyth County park on Friday, May 26.

The park recently came under the control of the county after an Intergovernmental Agreement was reached with the City of Cumming (who previously managed the park). The county will take over the operation and management of the park in accordance with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers master lease.

While the boat launching area is currently open to the public, the rest of the park has been closed as the county has been working on a series of improvements and additions to the park’s beach and picnic areas including:

  • Replacing and removing physical hazards
  • Adding new signs
  • Refreshing the bathroom facilities
  • Installing self-pay parking kiosks
  • Adding new beach sand
  • Other general maintenance and restoration projects

“We are excited to bring some new life to this beautiful park and appreciate the public’s patience as we prepare it for the first summer season as a Forsyth County park,” said Interim Parks & Recreation Director Laura Pate. “County staff have been implementing improvements to the park and will open the beach area in time for Memorial Day weekend. We also look forward to additional improvements in the future that will benefit the community.”

Parking fees for the park are $10 a day or $60 for an annual parking pass (seniors receive a discount of $54 per annual pass). These parking passes are valid at all county-operated parks including Charleston Park, Mary Alice Park, Six Mile Creek Park and Young Deer Creek Park. Daily and yearly parking passes can be purchased at the new self-pay kiosks.

County staff will be on site after the opening during specific weekend hours to help visitors with any questions and provide general maintenance services, safety and security.

The county will be releasing more information on other park improvements in the future.

Mary Alice Park is located at 1820 Mary Alice Park Road in Cumming. More information can be found at the Forsyth County Parks & Recreation website at

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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