Clayton County Commissioner Gail Hambrick said she noticed a need to improve Flat Shoals Park, in Riverdale, shortly after she took office in 2009.
She explained that she had been invited to attend a memorial event for a coach at the park, and that it was the first time she had been there in a few years.
The commissioner said she looked around the park during her visit, and while she did not feel the recreation space was ugly, by any means, she did come away with a feeling that Flat Shoals Park could use some improvements.
Hambrick said it was behind other parks and recreation facilities, in terms of the amenities it offered visitors.
“It was nice, and clean, but it was just at a standstill,” said the commissioner, as she sat under a new pavilion at the park, on Thursday. “We needed to bring it more in line with our other parks.”
So, Hambrick brought her concerns to Clayton County Parks and Recreation Director Detrick Stanford, and they began working on a plan to spruce up the park.
Hambrick said she got coaches of athletic teams that used the park to make up a wish list of renovations they would like to see. Stanford said he took suggestions from that list, and renovation work began a year ago.
Hambrick and the county’s recreation department are scheduled to host a community celebration, to commemorate the completion of those renovations, on Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the park, located at 1915 Flat Shoals Road, in Riverdale.
The event is expected to include a group of African drummers, the North Clayton High School drum line, as well as Zumba dancing and Chicago-style stepping demonstrations. There will also be face-painting, magic shows, a clown, a moon walk, county public safety representatives, a farmer’s market, and a “concessions row,” according to a county news release.
“This park is family-oriented,” Hambrick said. “There’s something for everybody.”
Some of the renovations at the park include the construction of a new playground, the resurfacing of the tennis courts, the addition of a baseball and softball batting cage, and the addition of new fencing, bathroom facilities and pavilions, according to Stanford.
“Commissioner Hambrick wanted this to be a refuge for the community,” he said.