Discover. Explore. Restore. Harrison Park of Ellijay, Georgia
Harrison Park Board of Directors Enlisted UGA Center for Design and Preservation to Conduct Weekend-long Master Planning Event Open to Residents and Visitors
The Harrison Park Board of Directors hosted students and faculty from The University of Georgia’s Center for Design and Preservation for a weekend-long Master Planning Event, called a charrette, in Ellijay, GA. Harrison Park, which was donated to the city by the Albert E. Harrison Foundation, is located within walking distance of historic downtown Ellijay and rests along the banks of the Ellijay River.
The 26-acre park currently offers a two-mile walking trail and includes the historic Pinson family barn, which is in need of significant repair (photo credit: Rick Lucas). The Harrison Park Board is focused on developing the park into a robust outdoor environment for residents and visitors alike, while protecting its historical and natural resources. Preliminary plans call for renovating the barn into an events facility, as well as building a stage for concerts and theatrical productions, extending the walking trails along the banks of the Ellijay River, and enhancing the green space with planned gardens and other native trees and plantings.
“Ellijay is known for its numerous hiking trails, rivers, and as the mountain biking capital of Georgia. It’s the place to go outside and play,” said Kim Humphreys, chairman of the Harrison Park Board. “Our goal for Harrison Park is to enhance and showcase all that this area has to offer, from outdoor adventures, to art and music, and agritourism, including everything from apples to trout and wine.”
For follow-up information about the Harrison Park Master Planning Event, visit: http://www.harrisonparkellijay.com or our Facebook page: @harrisonparkellijay
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