Forsyth County’s Central Park renovations will include new gym, senior center

Kimberly Bond

(FORSYTH COUNTY, GA) Some big changes are coming to Forsyth County’s Central Park. With a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Board of Commissioners recently approved a $7.4 million renovation plan to update the recreation center and the annex building.

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Central Park's recreation building is scheduled for renovation.(Photo/Forsyth County Parks & Recreation)

Those buildings currently feature two gyms, a cardio-weight room, a mezzanine walking track, a fitness classroom, art classrooms, and a dance classroom. Drop-in basketball and pickleball are available on some days, but players have had to share these courts. The buildings also have showers, vending machines, a banquet room with a kitchen, and community meeting rooms.

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Central Park meeting rooms are available for large groups.(Photo/Forsyth County Parks & Recreation)

According to the plan for the renovations, the main recreation center building will gain a new meeting space, a downstairs fitness room, two aerobics rooms, and a third gymnasium. Local pickleball fans hope the third gym means they will no longer have to share the basketball courts.

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A new gymnasium will be part of Central Park's rec center renovations.(Photo/Forsyth County Parks & Recreation)

The annex building, constructed in 2007, will become the new home of the Forsyth County Department of Senior Services. The kitchen and fitness rooms located in that building will be updated “to better suit their needs.” Assistant County Manager Brandon Kenney noted that the renovations had been planned with a “very modern approach” to help encourage senior residents to stay active and social in the community. Since residents over age 60 make up 41% of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation members, county leaders hope these changes will make social and wellness opportunities more accessible.

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Forsyth County seniors can stay active at fitness classes at Central Park.(Photo/Michelle Hall)

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor shared that the construction will take place in two phases to minimize service disruptions. One part of the building would be closed at a time in a “flip-flop operation.”

“We’re going to try and stay open. There’ll be disruption, but we’ll still try to continue operating a segment of a building,” Pryor said.

Cooper & Company General Contractors, Inc. will take the lead on this project. Their bid for the project included a $5.9 million estimate for the renovations at the main building and $1.5 million for the work on the new Senior Center building.

Central Park is located at 2300 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming. It is open daily from 7 am to 11 pm. In addition to the recreation center and annex building, it features tennis courts, baseball and softball fields for youth and adults, soccer fields, a turf football/lacrosse field, batting cages, a playground, a 1.1-mile paved walking trail, a disc golf course, and three picnic pavilions.

What changes would you like to see at Forsyth County parks? Comment below or email kbondwriter@gmail.com to let us know.

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