Left: An electronic welcome sign, bronze medallion of city seal and fountain welcome Lee Street Park visitors. Right: Lee Street Park Ribbon Cutting
On Saturday, April 23 the city of Jonesboro hosted the grand opening of their new Lee Street Park as a part of Georgia Cities Week. Now in its 17th year, the participation and excitement of the week of events has grown.
“Cities are really using this week as an opportunity to share information about the valuable services they provide to residents and how they positively impact their quality of life,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton.
During the Lee Street Park grand opening, Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day shared the rich history of the park’s location to the more than 2,800 attendees. According to Day, this location was once used as both a football and basketball field and even held graduation ceremonies.
The planning process for the $3.4 million park started in late 2013 and included three town-hall style meetings for residents to share their recreational ideas and desires, said Day. “The park is the centerpiece of our downtown; it is designed with our residents in mind.”
Day is confident that the Lee Street Park has something for everyone from the amphitheater with performers’ green room, concession stand, marketplace area, a full playground, golf cart parking and a dog-friendly station.
Not only is the park improving residents’ quality of life, it’s already showing a strong impact on the city’s economic development. “We are experiencing more interest in properties surrounding the park, as well as an increased number of businesses looking to locate to Jonesboro,” Day said.
Jonesboro was not the only city hosting Georgia Cities Week events. In total, more than 140 cities observed the week and its “Go to Town!” theme. The city of Rome hosted events from Saturday, April16-Saturday, April 23. On Friday, April 22 they celebrated Earth Day with Renew our Rivers Area. That same day, the Council for the Arts hosted the Annual Fire Fly Fling in partnership with the city’s Downtown Development Authority. Rome closed Georgia Cities Week with a 100 Year Celebration of the Rome City Auditorium, made complete with entertainment from the Rome Symphony Orchestra.
The city of Sylvester hosted events from Monday, April 18-Friday, April 22 that included a tree planting, legislative lunch and mock city hall meeting.
The city of Cedartown shared student art depicting Cedartown landmarks on the city’s social media sites. The city also produced a video where children shared what they would do if they were in charge.
Information about GMA’s 2017 Georgia Cities Week will be sent to cities in the fall; however, cities can begin planning now for the April event.