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Construction on Fairview park expected to start in late September

COVINGTON -- Fairview Community Park will soon be a reality. Construction is expected to get under way in the fall for the public park that will be built in the Fairview Estates subdivision off Fairview Road.

The park is part of the county's Neighborhood Stabilization Program and is being funded through federal stimulus money. It will be mostly passive greenspace and will include a walking trail, a playground, a pavilion and park benches, according to Scott Sirotkin, director of the Newton County Department of Development Services.

County commissioners awarded three bids for the project at their Tuesday night meeting: Pacific Venture Inc. will construct the park at a cost not to exceed $149,328.40; the pavilion will be constructed by Timberlake Outdoors for a cost not to exceed $16,828; and the playground contract was awarded to Gametime/Dominica Recreation at a cost not to exceed $28,843.60.

NSP requirements are that the lowest responsible bids obtained through a competitive bid process be accepted, Sirotkin said. An evaluation committee reviewed all bids and made the recommendations.

Construction is expected to get under way in late September or early October. Sirotkin said he doesn't have an estimated completion date. A total of 12.1 acres was purchased for the park, but this first phase will not take up the entire property, he said. Additional phases could be added, but funds for that have not been identified, he said. There will be fencing separating the park from private residences.

The park will be maintained by the Newton County Recreation Commission.

The county was allocated a total of $1.7 million in NSP money from the federal government to purchase, rehabilitate and resell foreclosed properties and build the public park. So far, nine homes have been purchased. One home has been resold and two more are under contract. Buyers for the other homes are still being sought. For more information, call 678-487-2411.