At the most recent meeting of the Ball Ground City Council, members approved a resolution to accept a grant to help pay for the Roberts Lake Park project.
The grant, totaling $100,000, was awarded to the city by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, according to City Manager Eric Wilmarth. The council passed the resolution in a unanimous vote.
“That’s something that I’m particularly happy that we were able to receive,” Ball Ground Mayor Rick Roberts said during the meeting. “That ended up being about a third of the cost of the purchase.”
Wilmarth explained in a follow-up interview that the grant had been awarded to Ball Ground in 2019, but due to some hiccups between state and federal authorities, it had taken approximately one year for the money to arrive. As a result, he said the city had submitted an application to the state, asking that Ball Ground be allowed to go ahead and purchase the land needed to make the park a reality, then use the grant money to reimburse the city for the expenses, which was approved by the state.
Despite the delay in receiving the grant money, the Roberts Lake Park project has been virtually completed, with the city feeling good about what it was able to accomplish while also being able to recoup some of the cost of developing the city’s new, popular park.
“The feedback we’ve had from the public has been overwhelming,” Wilmarth said. “People love it.”