The Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved a renovation project at the park last week. The $1,009,330 renovation includes replacing a concession/restroom building, improvements to a second concession/restroom building, regrading baseball fields and replacing dugouts, backstops and fencing.
Combined with the recently finished South Cobb Community Center, which is located inside Lions Park, a total of $1,630,000 is being spent in park improvements there.
Canon said construction should begin as soon as the spring season ends in June. The fields won’t be used during the fall, and the park will reopen in February.
Archimetric Design and Construction beat out three other bidders to get the construction contract. Funding will come from a 1 percent sales tax voters approved in 2011.
Located at 620 Lions Club Drive, Lions Park was one of six parks opened on the same day back in the late 1960s.
“The Board of Commissioners got on a bus and went from one ribbon-cutting to another,” Canon said. “This one was included in that. It’s in dire need of renovation. It has not been renovated since it opened.”
Canon said regrading the baseball fields will help with drainage issues.
“As ball fields sit, over time you constantly are starting to have drainage problems,” he said. “There will start to be issues like puddles forming. Everything will be laser-planed so they will drain correctly. New grass will be put in, new fences and dugouts, and the ground will be level.”
Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid represents the area where the park is located. She said the park’s biggest function is its use for baseball games.
“This lets the community know we are mindful of the baseball league’s presence and the children’s presence in our community,” she said. “In south Cobb we support our youth, and this is a big part of our recreation program. We’re looking forward to it and I’m quite pleased at the amount of investment the 2011 SPLOST is making in our parks here in south Cobb.”