$50,000 Donation Helps Fort Yargo State Park Get New Look

UPDATE — April 8th, 2015

A public interest meeting was held last night in the Will-a-Way Community Gym in Fort Yargo State Park.

Anyone interested in the new master plan for the state park was encouraged to attend. Visitors walked around the gym and looked at three possible options for a new master plan. They gave their feedback, thoughts, or comments on the master plan options after looking at each option.

Each option is shown below:

FYSP-Bubble Plan A FYSP-Bubble Plan B FYSP-Bubble Plan C-2

 

 

 

Feedback from the first public interest meeting showed outdoor event facilities, water park/splash pad facilities and a meeting facility were the three top suggestions that people would like to see added to the park.

The three most common concerns with Fort Yargo now are parking, beach areas and restrooms.

A final public interest meeting will be held in June. The master plan will then be sent to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for review.

The master plan must show that the park will be financially sustainable. The new master plan is a comprehensive plan that will be continually worked on in the next 10-15 years.

If you would like to share your feedback about any of the three options for the new master plan, use this survey.

Fort Yargo State Park

WINDER —Bigger beaches, dog parks, paved trails and wedding venues — what do all of these have in common? They are all possible additions to Barrow County’s Fort Yargo State Park.

Thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Walton Family Foundation, Fort Yargo might be getting a face lift.

A public meeting is being held tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the Camp Will-a-Way Gym to dicuss three options for a new comprehensive master plan.

The park sees over 400,000 visitors each year. The first public meeting received feedback from around 120 people in the community. They are hoping to have even more public input for the new plan. Fort Yargo State Park is 1,816 acres. Better parking, larger beaches, zip lines, paved trails and a festival field were some of the options talked about at the first public meeting.

An equestrian facility was another idea for the new plan, but planners say it is too large to be added into the park.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, you can find more information here.

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