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Park design contract awarded

DACULA -- A Dacula park expansion will be designed, even as grand jurors consider the purchase.

Commissioners approved a $402,000 contract with Lawrenceville-based Lose and Associates for the construction document development for an expansion to Rabbit Hill Park.

The construction is expected to move forward next year, Community Services Director Phil Hoskins said.

The design will include two more soccer fields for the county's biggest soccer venue, as well as active sports fields such as a baseball/softball complex, picnic facility and multipurpose football facility on 90 acres across the street from the park's current location at the corner of Hurricane Shoals Road and Rabbit Hill Road.

A pool that was part of the master plan for the park will not be designed at this time, he said.

The park is expected to house the youth athletics program associated as a feeder for Mountain View High School.

The 90-acre land purchase is part of a series of controversial land deals currently being investigated by a special grand jury.

Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said he was not aware of the current status of the grand jury.

"All I know is that is the active portion for the Mountain View cluster," Beaudreau said, adding that the project should move forward.

Funding for the project comes from the voter-approved 2009 special purpose local option sales tax program.