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POSTED: August 11, 2013 10:00 p.m.
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Bryant Commons’ boasts 75 acres of usable space, including a stage area.

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Bryant Commons’ open park day Saturday served to highlight the abundance of outdoor opportunities on the 150-acre property. Families enjoyed an afternoon of food, leisure activities, a bounce house, kite flying and Frisbee throwing.
“We want people to get out here and see all that Bryant Commons has to offer,” city of Hinesville public-relations manager Krystal Hart said. “We have so much open space out here.”
Bryant Commons consists of about 75 acres of usable space and boasts a pond, a 15-acre lake, an amphitheater, barn and the homestead of the late Sen. Glenn Bryant’s family, who owns the land. The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority has a long-term lease to oversee Bryant Commons’ activities and events. A half-mile walking trail loops through the property.
“There is a range of things to do out here for exercise,” Hart said, “and tons of family outdoor opportunities.”
The open-park day was held as part of Hinesville’s initiative to promote active lifestyles. The “Healthy Hinesville Initiative” started at the beginning of the year and includes several programs designed to help fight obesity and promote healthier living. The initiative includes a health-and-wellness challenge for the Bryant Commons’ open park day Saturday served to highlight the abundance of outdoor opportunities on the 150-acre property. Families enjoyed an afternoon of food, leisure activities, a bounce house, kite flying and Frisbee throwing.
“We want people to get out here and see all that Bryant Commons has to offer,” city of Hinesville public-relations manager Krystal Hart said. “We have so much open space out here.”
Bryant Commons consists of about 75 acres of usable space and boasts a pond, a 15-acre lake, an amphitheater, barn and the homestead of the late Sen. Glenn Bryant’s family, who owns the land. The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority has a long-term lease to oversee Bryant Commons’ activities and events. A half-mile walking trail loops through the property.
“There is a range of things to do out here for exercise,” Hart said, “and tons of family outdoor opportunities.”
The open-park day was held as part of Hinesville’s initiative to promote active lifestyles. The “Healthy Hinesville Initiative” started at the beginning of the year and includes several programs designed to help fight obesity and promote healthier living. The initiative includes a health-and-wellness challenge for the city, county and school system employees.
“Mayor James Thomas began the initiative after the encouragement of nurse Peggy Rayman from Lewis Frasier middle school, who noticed that obesity was a big issue affecting all of us and our school system,” Hart said. “A healthy community is a prosperous community.”
The park also is available to the public for private parties, weddings, school reunions or other community gatherings, she added. The city has also committed to hosting six community events per year at Bryant Commons.
The venue’s first public event, Hinesville’s Classic Easter Egg Roll in early March, gave community members an opportunity to see the grounds in operation while flying kites, playing croquet and participating in other activities.
The amphitheater hosted country artist Darryl Worley in April. More concerts are planned for the future, Hart said.
The next event at Bryant Commons will be UnityFest, a praise-and-worship celebration of different cultural groups, slated for Sept. 14.
The HDDA also plans to begin improvements to make the park safer, Hart said. The dock and barn on the property will be renovated.
“One of the biggest projects we are working on is creating a veterans memorial that will give tribute to all branches of service,” Hart said.
She said they plan to reconfigure the front drive to add parking. Flags representing each branch of service will be on display as patrons walk the surrounding trail.
“We want to make sure that people are aware of what Bryant Commons has to offer,” Hart said. “It has something for everyone.”
People can contact the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority office for information on improvement plans and using Bryant Commons for a private event. A list of upcoming community events at Bryant Commons is available at www.cityofhinesville.org.


 

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