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Changes coming to Richmond Hill parks

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While the population in Richmond Hill continues to grow, city council members are looking to improve the popular J.F. Gregory Park.

On top of that, they are also in the process of building a brand new park.

The problem is a hill. If I'm here to enjoy a musical act on the amphitheater stage, I just simply can't see them. Well, they're working to flatten this and work out that problem very soon.

"We’ll change the slope of the hill just a little bit to provide for a little better access there,” said Richmond Hill City Council member, Russ Carpenter.

Carpenter says they're remodeling the amphitheater, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, who uses the park for the Great Ogeechee Seafood festival that's getting bigger every year. 

"That also may help them bring in large acts. They tell us so they said we'll partner with you on that and then you can use it the rest of the year so it was a win-win for both,” said Carpenter.

But that's not all, they're in phase 1 on planning a new park behind the Sterling Creek Plantation subdivision.

"It’s about 187 acres the city purchased a few years back,” Carpenter said.

They plan on having about five miles of running and walking trails and even a mountain bike trail. 

Levi Sybert says they're looking at the different possibilities for the new park.

"I think once the public gets aware of what the potential is and how beautiful the area is, and what we truly possess I think it’s going to continue to grow and grow,” said Sybert.

Carpenter adds with the influx of people in the area they're providing recreational spaced for people to use and it’s all being paid for with SPLOST money.

So the amphitheater will be removed and they're going to be building a new stage on a concrete pad so everyone can see and hear. I’m told this will be done by October, just in time for the Great Ogeechee Seafood festival. 

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