It’s a win for Victory Park, which is getting $600K slice of funds
by Jon Gillooly
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Marietta City Councilwoman Annette Lewis strolls across the dilapidated tennis court area at Victory Park on Friday. Lewis convinced the Council to set aside $600,000 from parks bond funds for improvements and updates to the park.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Marietta City Councilwoman Annette Lewis strolls across the dilapidated tennis court area at Victory Park on Friday. Lewis convinced the Council to set aside $600,000 from parks bond funds for improvements and updates to the park.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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MARIETTA — The Marietta City Council is giving Victory Park a $600,000 makeover with funding from the 2009 parks bond.

The park is across from the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics on Aviation Road.

The voter-approved bond listed a $200,000 earmark for Victory Park, but the City Council agreed to raise that amount to $600,000 Wednesday at the request of Councilwoman Annette Lewis, who represents the area.

In 2008, the Marietta Kiwanis Club helped to remake the park with an $80,000 grant from Home Depot and a national nonprofit organization called KaBOOM.

“If you exclude that, monies have not really been spent in Victory Park in years, and the last dollars that were spent there were to help stabilize the creek bank,” Lewis said. “But the park itself was ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) inaccessible. And as you know, a tree came down through the tennis courts a couple years ago, so that area had to be addressed.”

Parks director Rich Buss expects the renovations will be completed in January.

Victory Park is split in two with one 3.5-acre piece west of Victory Drive and the other 5-acre parcel on the east side of Victory Drive, bordered by North Park Drive and South Park Drive. The 5-acre portion is where the renovations will take place, Buss said.

That parcel is split by a creek. The north side of the creek has two old tennis courts that are no longer in playable condition, an old picnic shelter, and a playground unit built by the Kiwanis members.

With the $600,000 bond money, the city will remove the old tennis courts and create a plaza area, sand volleyball court, and an exercise area in the space the courts occupied. The old shelter will also be replaced.

“A major component of the project is improved ADA access to the playground area and the establishment of ADA access to the newly created amenities,” Buss said. “The planned amenities were chosen after public meetings were held regarding potential park improvements.”

Lewis said the surrounding Victory Heights subdivision, which sprang up during World War II to accommodate workers at the Bell Bomber Plant, will be pleased with the result.

“I think the neighborhood has waited a long time to have some of the issues in the park addressed,” Lewis said.
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Remove That Road
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April 21, 2013
We could restore what was once a brilliant park, but the first step need to be removal of Victory Drive inside the park so it no longer bisects the neighborhood and park.

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