The newest park listed in the City of Canton Parks Guide, Etowah River Park, is officially open! January marked the soft opening of the 80-acre facility that runs along the river in Canton, GA, but the official grand opening took place on Saturday, August 1st.
Along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton visitors and residents can now enjoy the use of an amphitheater, walking track, playground, and a bridge that leads over the river to trails. This park has been in the works for several years as voters decided through a Cherokee County Park’s bond in 2008 that the park would become a reality.
Over the years the project flexibly morphed as necessary. For example, original project plans detailed the inclusion of baseball fields. This was adjusted as the acreage along the river bank that the Etowah River Park sits on is located in a floodplain. Instead of locating the baseball fields in the floodplain, Cherokee County and the City of Canton agreed to install them off of Univeter Road near Kenny Askew Park.
Locating a Hidden Gem
Before the grand opening, the Etowah River Park was a hidden gem. It is not immediately visible as it is tucked away at the very end of Brown Industrial Parkway within the Canton-Cherokee Industrial Park. Many Canton and Cherokee County residents are familiar with the Canton-Cherokee Industrial Park through visits to the R.T. Jones Memorial Library and the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DSS) located on Brown Industrial Parkway.