There will be a groundbreaking at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, for the new Walton County Community Center in Social Circle. The center will be located at 573 FairPlay Drive – across the street from the South Walton ball fields/next to Stephens Park (the old football field).
The Walton County Board of Commissioners voted earlier in the year to build the center after considering a design presented by the Social Circle GICH. There was a house on the property that required removing before construction could begin. The County amended the budget to fund the asbestos removal and demolition of the house and to cover the full design contract with Carter Watkins. The recreation center is being built by Walton County and funds for this project are coming from County SPLOST funds. Bids were taken through mid August and the contract was awarded in September to Albion Construction.
“We have budgeted approximately $4.7 million towards this project. This project is part of the current SPLOST program – .01 cent sales tax the County is collecting for capital improvements,” Jody Johnson, director of Walton County Parks and Recreation said. “The construction should take 6-8 months to complete which could put opening the facility in late June or early July of 2021.”
Johnson said this is based on early projections depending on many uncontrollable situations, including the current pandemic and weather.