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New multipurpose sports field at Burnt Hickory Park
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
October 09, 2013 12:50 PM | 1308 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Parks and Recreation Director Michael Justus, County Engineer Bruce Coyle and CRA Landscaping Consultant Wil Rakestraw stands at the new multipurpose fields at Burnt Hickory Park.
From left, Parks and Recreation Director Michael Justus, County Engineer Bruce Coyle and CRA Landscaping Consultant Wil Rakestraw stands at the new multipurpose fields at Burnt Hickory Park.
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The Paulding County Parks and Recreation Department is building a new area for lacrosse and soccer at Burnt Hickory Park.

The new multipurpose fields should be ready for play by about late spring or early summer, said Parks and Recreation Director Michael Justus.

“We are trying to meet some demand needs,” Justus said.

There are about 300 children playing lacrosse in the county on club teams, and between 1,500 and 2,000 playing soccer, he said. They are sharing fields at Samuel U. Braly Sports Complex.

The leagues that will play at Burnt Hickory will manage their own teams; the county is just providing the field.

“I’m sure there will be other demands placed on [the Burnt Hickory field] as well,” Justus said.

He said there are no specifics on what other sports will be played on the fields.

The field cost about $265,000 with funding coming from the parks and recreation special purpose local option sales tax.

“We are trying to provide as many fields as we can without adding staff,” Justus said.

The county owns 160 acres for Burnt Hickory, and has only built on about 100 acres.

Justus said the field could be used about seven days a week. They plan to build another field in the future, but do not have a date set for the project, he said.

The next step would be to provide lighting for the field, though there are no current plans for it, he said.

He said he foresees the fields playing host to some small-scale tournaments..

The park is in Post 4 Commissioner David Barnett’s post. Barnett said the field is needed.

“Lacrosse is such a growing sport,” Barnett said.

He said he believes as the sport grows it could expand to the rest of the county.

“If we can get kids involved in sports we can keep them out of a lot of trouble,” he said.

Barnett also said he believes there should be separate teams for boys and girls.

He said he thinks it will be easy for the lacrosse and soccer teams to share the fields since they already do so at Braly Sports Complex.

Justus said this was another opportunity to build a space for the community to be able to play.

The park is at 8650 Cartersville Hwy. in Dallas.

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