Wednesday, October 17, 2012
City residents will be asked to help determine how the 14 acres of new parkland will be used.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Milton closed on the last 14 acres of land adjacent to Bell Memorial Park on Monday night, fulfilling the promise outlined in the Parks Master Plan to expand the asset. The city paid $1.287 million for the land, according to a news release from Milton Communications Manager Jason Wright. The 14 acres of land more than doubles the park's size. How the land will be used will be determined through community involvement and a series of public meetings to ensure the park's design meets local expectations, the city's release said. "Expansion of our existing parks and recreation resources is a priority for this council and city staff," said City Manager Chris Lagerbloom. "We plan to move forward immediately and bring our residents what they …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The purchase of 10 acres of property will effectively double the usable park space at the city's only active park.
Milton City Council approved spending $960,000 for a little bit more than 10 acres of property that will effectively double the amount of usable parkland at Bell Memorial Park. Appraisals on the parcels owned by two different couples reduced the amount City Council had budgeted to spend on the properties by more than $42,000. As City Council approved the land purchases at a rare Wednesday night meeting, (Labor Day forced the move from Monday), Interim Parks and Recreation Director Jim Cregge sat silently cheering. Cregge is very familiar with the park, having been a board member for the Hopewell Youth Association, which runs its baseball. Bell Memorial Park is Milton's only active park, said City Manager Chris Lagerbloom. He advocated …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Alpharetta residents have a new park, but until the City Center is built, they probably won't be able to use it, as it will continue to be a construction site.
Brooke Street Park was intended to be a passive park from the start, but today it isn't much more than a couple of signs, some trees, squirrels and erosion control fences. The park is intended to be larger than just the section bounded by the existing Haynes Bridge Road and Brooke Street. But it got smaller before it will get bigger – the new route for Haynes Bridge Road uses property to the west of Brooke Street's "top half" rather than displacing more homes. What do you want to see for Brooke Street Park? Here are a few ideas, why don't you weigh in on yours? See Also Haynes Bridge Road's New Route Should Open in March City Council Approves Revised City Center Plans Report on Tour of City Center with Councilman Owens Plan to Remove 65 …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Jim Cregge, who has served as Alpharetta's Recreation Commission chairman and previously as president of Hopewell Youth Association, will start the interim position Aug. 7.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Jim Cregge, Alpharetta's Recreation Commission chairman, was named Milton's interim Parks and Recreation director, City Manager Chris Lagerbloom announced today. Cregge said he wants to partner with other cities and parks and recreation assets. He starts work for Milton on Aug. 7. Cregge has spent the last 17 years as a volunteer, board member and former president of the Hopewell Youth Association (HYA), the non-profit group that schedules baseball activities at Bell Memorial Park, the city's news release said. He has spent the last nine years on Alpharetta's Recreation Commission, serving as chairman for the last six years. Cregge resigned from his position on the commission, according to Alpharetta Assistant City Administrator James …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The City Council plans to initiate talks with Milton and Johns Creek about sharing resources and considering not charging non-resident fees for programs.
Alpharetta City Council decided to move forward with plans to talk with the cities of Milton and Johns Creek about cooperation and sharing of resources for Parks and Recreation. Milton is eager, but has few resources and fewer parks. Johns Creek has plenty of Park and Recreation assets, including Ocee Park and Newtown Park, but hasn't come to a consensus on working with Alpharetta. Ocee Park is a special source of frustration for council members who live in the Kimball Bridge Road area. The park is completely surrounded by Alpharetta subdivisions. About half of the participants at the Johns Creek park have been Alpharetta residents. But Councilman D.C. Aiken said Johns Creek stopped following an understanding the two cities had about non-…
Friday, July 6, 2012
John Rebar, returns to Florida to work for Miami Gardens, another relatively new city that formed in 2003.
UPDATED July 6, 6 p.m. Milton's outgoing Parks and Recreation director said he was thankful that City Manager Chris Lagerbloom brought him onto his team. John Rebar is is heading back to Florida after just under a year working in the city, Milton Communications Manager Jason Wright confirmed July 5. He was asked about his accomplishments and the future of Parks and Recreation in Milton, giving his answer via email earlier today, July 6. "Over the past several months I have had the privilege to direct the addition of 32 new recreation programs, be part of starting the Comprehensive Park System Master Plan and commence construction on three capital projects to expand recreation space for our residents and visitors," Rebar said. "The next …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Mike Jackson spent 36 years working for Alpharetta's Parks and Recreation Department, holding the distinction of being its first full-time employee.
Friends, city staff and relatives–plenty of relatives–stopped by Alpharetta City Hall Monday night to send Mike Jackson off into retirement. The 36-year employee of the Parks and Recreation Department was its first full-time employee, and he ran a one-man operation from day one. But he also made use of volunteers, including his own family, in preparing city parks and fields for use. Parents saw him out there day after day, working on the fields and staying late until it was time to turn off the lights on the fields. "Because Mike was so amazing, he made parents want to help as well," said former City Clerk Sue Rainwater, also a long-time city employee. Jackson started working for the city on April 8, 1976, having been hired by then-Mayor …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Residents get another chance to tell city consultants what they want for Milton's parks, trails and recreation programs.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Milton residents can see the results of their input in a draft of the city's Parks and Recreation Master plan when it's unveiled at a town hall meeting April 16 at 7 p.m. The plan includes the draft Birmingham Park Master Plan and draft Trail Plan revisions. This town hall meeting will take place in City Council Chambers at Milton's City Hall. "All the previous public meetings, all the surveys and studies, they have culminated in what we will present April 16," said department Director John Rebar. "I urge everyone who came to one of the earlier meetings, or filled out a needs assessment survey, or ever expressed interest in the future of Milton's Parks and Recreation system, to attend this meeting." Rebar said plan consultants Moreland …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The city makes use of its agreements with Fulton County Schools to use its facilities for sports and recreation in the proposal.
Soccer enthusiasts in Milton ages 3 to 13 soon will have a chance to play in a city recreation program that will be run by the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA. Milton City Council approved the Y's proposal in a revenue sharing program. The Y will keep 70 percent of resident fees and Milton will get 30 percent, said John Rebar, the city's Parks and Recreation director. What Milton brings to the table is the use of new facilities. Practices begin the week of Feb. 20 at Crabapple Crossing Elementary and Hopewell Middle schools thanks to partnerships between the YMCA, Milton and Fulton County Schools. Saturday games will be played at the schools starting March 3 and last until May 5. Spring soccer will be available for children and teens …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Hear what local residents have conceptualized for Birmingham Park in Milton.
The City of Milton held a two-night public Conceptual Design Workshop for Birmingham Park. More than 50 residents participated in the planning and conceptual design process Wednesday and Thursday. According to the project managers, Chris Kingsbury and David Gjertson, the next two-night session will be held late January or early February.