Bud Kelley Park opening soon in McDonough

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Residents in Kelleytown will soon have a new recreation venue, built to honor a man who was proud to call the area home all his life.

Bud Kelley Park, at 1605 Kelleytown Road in McDon-ough, is set to open next month. The park is named for longtime Kelleytown resident and former County Commissioner, Edwin Crumbley “Bud” Kelley, Sr.

An aerial view of Bud Kelley Park, a 124-acre space that will open to the community next month. Special photo

Henry County Parks & Recreation Director, Tim Coley, said, the 124-acre park will be “a great addition to the Kelleytown community.”

“It’s got pavilions that people will be able to rent, and an inclusive playground that exceeds all [Americans with Disabilities Act] requirements,” said Coley. “I think it’s going to be a great community park where people can come play, have outings or parties,” said Coley.

The park also contains two walking-trail loops, a push-up station, a chin-up station, a cardio walker, a knee lift station, a step-up station and parallel bars.

Coley said the playground is equipped with rubber safety flooring, which was installed to help children in wheelchairs enjoy the park.

“It enables them to get around and interact, instead of having to sit on the outside,” said Coley. “It will have a couple of ellipticals next to the playground for parents to exercise while their kids are playing,” said Coley. “This will be the first one we have like that, so we’re going to see how it goes. If it works, we may go back and retrofit some of the other playgrounds.”

Nicknamed the “Mayor of Kelleytown,” Bud Kelley and his wife Jean owned the Kelleytown Food Mart for more than half a century. He was also instrumental in bringing to the area what is now known as Piedmont Henry Hospital. Bud Kelley passed away in 2013 at age 86.

The park was built with funds from the fourth installment of the county’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The design/ build firm for the endeavor is Sports Turf Company, Inc., with a SPLOST IV budget of $2,750,000.

For more information, call 770-288-7300.