A new recreation center opens at Old Clarkdale Park on Aug. 6

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Jul. 19—Residents can celebrate the ribbon cutting of the renewed Old Clarkdale Park on Aug. 6 at 153 Mathis Drive SW in Austell.

This family-friendly celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m., a cookout, children's activities and giveaways. The evening will conclude with a movie at 6 p.m. Participants should bring blankets and chairs if they are staying for the movie.

The Old Clarkdale Park community center was built in 1934 and was destroyed in a 2017 fire while it was undergoing renovations. The staff then met with community members to determine the next steps. Through a series of public meetings, residents in the area were overwhelmingly in favor of a passive park on the property.

Construction of the park started last fall and was funded by the 2016 SPLOST. The new park now features a pavilion with restrooms, a community garden, a new playground, adult exercise stations, and a walking path that is ADA-accessible. Plans are in place to build a smaller community center on the property.

Parking is available at the Threadmill Mall Complex, 5000 Austell Powder Springs Road SW in Austell. A shuttle to the park will be provided.