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Council gets update on new skate park
Project could be ready in two months
skate park site
The skate park is replacing tennis courts in Liberty Independent Troop Park. - photo by Photo by Jen Alexander McCall
The next addition to Liberty County’s current slate of recreational options is expected to be complete within the next two months.
Liberty County Recreation Department Director Jimmy Martin told Hinesville City Council members Thursday that he expects a skate park at Liberty Independent Troop Park will be up and running in the next several weeks.
The idea for the park was conceived more than a year ago and is the result of a partnership between the city and Liberty County. The site is near LCRD’s main offices on Highway 84 in Hinesville.
“The park was originally recommended in a master plan study that was conducted about six years ago,” Martin said. The park will be open until 11 p.m. Department staff won’t supervise the park’s use onsite, he said, but there will be signs that detail use restrictions set forth by state law.
The skate park was one of several updates given by Martin during the meeting; he also presented an overview of the activities offered through the department, such as competitive and recreational sports and rec center activities. Martin shared news of planned improvements to Stafford Pavilion and the soccer complex.
In other meeting news, council members recognized members of the Hinesville Fire Department for their participation in job profiling under the Georgia Work Ready Program, and approved fee schedule changes for the Hinesville Police Department.
Additionally, the council voted to award a contract for completion of the third phase of the Memorial Drive construction project. McClendon Enterprises entered a bid of $1.3 million; the phase is estimated to be completed within 12 months.
A request by the Downtown Development Authority for a resolution supporting a local business’s use of a downtown development revolving loan fund also was heard.
The city council approved the resolution, which expresses the city’s support for rehabilitating the Realty Executives building. The revolving loan program is overseen by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The next city council meeting is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 in City Hall’s main conference room.

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