Harrison Park planning open to public Jan 27-29
This month, the Harrison Park Board of Directors will host students and faculty from The University of Georgia Center for Design and Preservation for a weekend-long master planning session (or “charrette”) in Ellijay.
Harrison Park, which was donated to the city by the Albert E. Harrison Foundation, is located within walking distance of historic downtown Ellijay and rests along the banks of the Ellijay River. The 26-acre park currently offers a 2-mile walking trail and includes the historic Pinson family barn, which is in need of significant repair.
The Harrison Park board is focused on developing the park into a robust outdoor environment for residents and visitors alike, while also protecting its historical and natural resources. Preliminary plans call for renovating the barn into an events facility, as well as building a stage for concerts and theatrical productions, extending the walking trails along the banks of the Ellijay River and enhancing green space with planned gardens and other native trees and plantings.
“Ellijay is known for its numerous hiking trails and rivers and as the mountain biking capital of Georgia. It’s the place to go outside and play,” said Kim Humphreys, chair of the park board. “Our goal for Harrison Park is to create a public green space that everyone can enjoy, while showcasing all that our area has to offer, from outdoor adventures to art and music to agritourism, including everything from apples to trout and wine.”
The master planning weekend will kick off Friday, Jan. 27, with a public input session and run through Sunday, Jan. 29, culminating in a public presentation of the proposed Harrison Park Master Plan that afternoon.
If you would like to be part of this unique opportunity to help design a city park, we invite you to provide your input and feedback by completing our online survey, available at Marketing.ETCnow.com/action/media/10903/harrisonpark, and participating in one or more of the weekend-long master planning public input sessions at Harrison Hall, 180 Dalton Street, Ellijay.