20 acre park slated for Jonesboro Road

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

A few weeks after the Henry County Board of Commissioners made its approval official, the McDonough City Council voted last week to approve an intergovernmental agreement for a park in the city that has been in the works for a decade.

The site is more than 20 acres off Jonesboro Road and Wesley Lakes Blvd. and was originally slated for soccer fields. That never panned out and the county built fields at Mt. Carmel Park instead. This park will be passive with walking trails and other facilities.

Under the agreement, the city will be responsible for approval of the park’s development plan as well as construction and maintenance costs. The county will provide engineering and design services related to grading, drainage, and stormwater management plans for the park entrance and parking lot.

The property was originally owned by Tim Jones Properties. In the mid-2000s Jones sued the city over alleged improper zoning, but the suit was dismissed after the city and county purchased the land for $2.278 million in a deal that was finalized in late 2008. The city paid $1 million of that.

City officials said other plans related to the park could come before the council at its next meeting.