Friday, May 4, 2012
Tanner Park Set to Come Under County Control
John Tanner Park was built in 1954 as a local recreation site, operated by its namesake, a Carrollton business owner, until joining the state park system in 1971.
In July, it will officially become a county park with the finalization of an agreement between the state of Georgia and Carroll County. It has been operated by the county since July 1, 2010.
“The state was planning to close the park, so the county stepped in and took over,” said county parks Director Trudy Crunkleton. “The county was pleased to have it back because of what it means to the citizens here.”
She said there are several steps in the transfer process and most of them have been completed. The final one will be when the Legislature and governor approve the deal and the papers are signed in July.
The county will pay $77,000 in the deal for the park, although it’s not actually a purchase, but a pact worked out with the state to pay off bonds, she said.