Roswell: The City of Parks

Have you seen the new turf fields at East Roswell Park?

The project involved the replacement of two artificial turf fields at East Roswell Park. The fields were originally converted from grass to turf in 2013, but had reached the end of their useful life. The new turf is the Classic HD product from FieldTurf. It has 100% slit-film fibers, a 3-layer infill system, and is topped with CoolPlay, which helps provide cooler surface temperatures from traditional infill materials. These fields will provide the best combination of durability and safety over the next decade. Both fields also received new fencing with bigger poles and stronger mesh, as well as the city logo at midfield. Field 2 was outfitted with a new lines package,  allowing the Recreation and Parks Department to expand its capacity for games and practices at East Roswell Park.

Plus, in the past year and a half, the City of Roswell has been awarded almost $10 million in grants from both federal and state sources for a wide variety of projects across the City.

In all, Roswell received 16 grants worth $9.9 million, the equivalent of about 1.5 million in taxes. Not only do these grant funds represent a direct investment in city services, projects, and future growth, but they also demonstrate how taxes paid at the federal and state level can be reinvested at the local level.

These grants will help fund many projects and services all across the community from public safety to new trails and parks and improvements to city streets and sidewalks.

The largest grants include:

  • $3.5 million from the federal government’s Community Project Grant for the Storm Water Children’s Garden and Adventure Path and Ace Sand Park.
  • $2.2 million from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget for the development of Liberty Square Park.
  • $2 million from the federal government’s Reconnecting Communities Grant for a multi-use trail under GA 400 connecting Big Creek Park with Liberty Square Park.
  • $948,411 in state grants for street and roadway resurfacing and paving.

At the new turf fields, the inaugural “Battle of the Badges” kickball game took place between Roswell Police Department and Roswell Fire Department. They are both winners, in our eyes.

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