Update from the City Manager

Hello Ball Ground:

After very difficult conversations with the Parade Committee and Santa himself, we have made the decision to cancel the annual March of the Toys for Tots Parade hosted by Tim and Pam Cavender.  With the great crowds we draw, and the very limited spaces that we have for spectators to view the parade it simply wasn’t possible to host the parade and our guests, while following the social distancing mandates we are required to follow.   Typically we have 5-6,000 guests observing the parade, all shoulder to shoulder and the atmosphere is wonderful.  Santa Tim has promised a 2021 return that is bigger and better than ever.

We had a hiccup in the paving schedule, and we are now hopeful that crews will be on-site by late October to pave Old Canton Road from Commerce Lane south to the cul-de-sac near Ball Ground STEM Academy.  If not by the end of October the project will likely delay until early spring depending on temperatures.

Work is progressing well on the new walking loop in Calvin Farmer Park and we are hopeful that the footbridges will be placed next week allowing them to finish the concrete work and then start backfilling and have the area open for the many Ball Ground walkers.   It is great to see the amazing number of residents walking in Ball Ground.

Typically we don’t share too much about businesses in our City email updates, but because there have been so many inquiries we just wanted to confirm that yes….a brewery is in fact renovating a downtown building, work is underway now, so we should soon be adding a brewery to the list of already outstanding Ball Ground businesses.

Speakers have been mounted in a portion of the downtown area and we hope the master controls will be set next week.  Once that is accomplished we will have a company rep from “streetsounds” that will come in, bring everything live, do the programming, and get street music playing downtown.

Have a great week.


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