Renovations and construction at Boyd Park is predicted to be complete in spring 2015, LaGrange City Council learned during work session Tuesday morning.
Gordon “Skip” Smith, president of Smith Design Group, said the project will entail an amphitheater and concessions venues so that more of events, that could include graduations, concerts and performances, could be held at the park.
The pavilion at the park would be expanded to include new stairs, restrooms, concession stands and about one acre of green space to overlook the amphitheatre; The amphitheater bowl would have tiered seats to seat about 2,000 people and the pit would be a flat space to seat 120 to 140 people in chairs at tables in front of the stage.
The stage area would be equipped with rooms for performers green rooms, star rooms, restrooms and a storage area.
Parking at the amphitheater would not be problematic, explained Smith. A 130 spot parking lot is planned to be constructed on the west side of the amphitheater at the location of an unused baseball field and a walkway is in the works to access Granger Park. Downtown parking areas within less than a mile away have access to nearly 1,000 parking spaces and could likely be used since many of the park events would preferably be held after 5 p.m.
The park would be fully equipped with ramps and side walks to aid those with disabilities as wells as sufficient handicap parking. Smith proposed that this location would be safer than the downtown square to host events due to not having to close off any streets and the park would be a larger vicinity.
One million dollars from SPLOST and a $4 million contribution from the Callaway Foundation is funding the project. The city and the county would provide any additional funding.
In city council’s evening meeting, the group voted to amend the intergovernmental agreement for the use and distribution of proceeds from the Troup County SPLOST IV, which now changes all projects to “priority one.” Priority one puts the projects in most need of replacement or improvement.