Big Spring Park on Veterans Drive now contains two buildings, a gravel parking lot, a pavilion, a baseball field and a basketball court.
The finished product will be a passive park featuring seating areas, a walking trail and a $115,000 boardwalk, among other amenities, on 3.5 acres of formerly Henry County-owned property.
Bids from landscape architects came in last week and a contractor will be chosen in early- to mid-September, Raby said, for a $150,000 contract, and “ready for plantings” in the spring of 2014.
“That will be exciting to see,” she said.
Half of the project is funded through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the city’s stormwater utility, due to the necessity of reconstructing the Big Spring Creek stream bank and creating a retention pond for runoff water.
The 2-acre pond, slated to cost $258,000, will be 12 feet deep and contain five feet of water, leaving room for rainfall and runoff, and a fountain, for which a vendor has already offered design services, Raby said.
A 30-day comment period began Aug. 2, during which the public can visit city hall to see the plans.
“The commentary is to address the soil getting into the creek,” Raby said.
Comments will go to the EPD as part of the permit process.
Councilwoman Gail Notti suggested posting the park plan on the city website.
She and Councilman Wayne Smith agreed Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright, a general contractor, could be helpful due to his expertise in building his own city’s Mayor’s Park.
“He’s very knowledgeable and he has been here at our site, reviewing and providing insight into that for us,” Smith said.