New park benches and bicycle racks at the trail head are some of the new features installed at the South Rockdale Community Park. County officials will dedicate the park 5 p.m. Monday to recognize completion of upgrades to the park, located on East Fairview Road. A new playground, camping shelters and paved parking lot are part of the upgrades funded by the county’s 2005 SPLOST program.
CONYERS — The community will come together Monday to celebrate the rebirth of South Rockdale Community Park with a dedication of the park’s paved walking trails, playground and camping facilities.
The dedication ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. at the park, located at 3909 East Fairview Road, Stockbridge, in Rockdale County. The public is invited to attend. A trail walk will take place after the ceremony, according to Jackie Lunsford, Rockdale County deputy director of Parks and Senior Services.
The event will mark the completion of the park’s newly paved walking trails, playground and camping shelters. The park’s playground, completed earlier this year, is the last recreation project for the 2005 SPLOST Oversight Committee.
The South Rockdale Community Park was better known for years as a rustic recreation area more suited for horseback riding. Today, the park offers new amenities such as a modern playground and trail head for a 2.4-mile paved trail connecting to the trail head at Daniels Bridge Road.
“We have had a pavilion, parking lot, and natural trail at the park for over 10 years but without the playground and trail the park did not have many visitors,” Lunsford said. “Now that the trailhead, playground, additional picnic area, and camping shelter projects are finished it is definitely a place for everyone to enjoy.”
Lunsford added that since completion of the playground and trail last month, the pavilion has been rented every weekend for birthday parties and family reunions.
The multi-purpose trail is a section of the South River Trail that will eventually connect the Monastery of the Holy Spirit with the Arabia Mountain Nature Center.
Trail construction is a partnership between Rockdale County and the PATH Foundation. The trail is also a component of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area, land in DeKalb, Henry and Rockdale counties that connects historically significant landmarks.