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Johns Creek moving forward with additions to Newtown Park
by Nicole Dow
July 17, 2013 01:43 PM | 2933 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johns Creek residents and visitors may enjoy two new additions to Newtown Park next year.

The Johns Creek Veterans Association hopes to break ground this fall on the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk, which will be located on four acres of land south of Park Place at Newtown School.

The walk, which will include granite memorials for each major conflict dating back to World War I, is tentatively scheduled for completion by Veterans Day 2014.

The project will also include memorials for prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action, Purple Heart recipients and women in service. Personalized brick pavers honoring soldiers and veterans will line portions of the pathway and flags will represent each military branch.

Plans for a multipurpose pavilion/amphitheater at Newtown Park are moving forward as the city’s public works department formally presented Mayor Mike Bodker and city council members with the proposed architectural design for the project last week.

The outdoor structure could accommodate about 500 guests in seated rows or about 300 if guests are seated around tables, with 800 more able to be seated on the surrounding lawn, said Public Works Director Tom Black. Concerts, plays, corporate events and weddings could be potential uses for the 60-by-80-feet pavilion.

The proposed design was well received by the mayor and city council.

“It really is an impressive and creative depiction of what we talk about with strategic planning,” said Councilwoman Karen Richardson. “I think it’s wonderful.”

The city expects site preparation for the project to start in the next 60 to 90 days, weather permitting. The pavilion/amphitheater is anticipated to be open to the public by mid-2014.

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