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Parks and community centers to open late Wednesday

Parks and community centers to open late Wednesday

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- All parks and community centers in Hall County, with one exception, will have a delayed opening of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Laurel Park in Gainesville will be closed all day Wednesday due to a number of fallen trees.

Power outages plagued most of the county Monday night and Tuesday morning, and the lights still have not been turned back on in several areas.

Visit hallcounty.org for more information.

Race this weekend: Hall County Schools Fit Families 5K

Race this weekend: Hall County Schools Fit Families 5K

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County Schools will hold its third annual Fit Families 5K this weekend.

The race, which includes a fun run option, will be held Saturday, May 3 at Laurel Park in Gainesville. Registration is $20 on race day and includes a T-shirt. Money raised by the event will benefit local schools.

Packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. The fun run will be held first, at 9 a.m., while the 5K will be off and running at 9:30 a.m.

Visit hallco.org for more information about the Fit Families 5K.

Laurel Park is located at 3100 Cleveland Highway.

Take a tour of Cherokee Bluffs Park

Take a tour of Cherokee Bluffs Park

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Hall County Parks and Leisure Services will host a free public tour of the new Cherokee Bluffs Park this weekend.

The tour will be held Saturday, June 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The new park is located off Blackjack Road in Flowery Branch.

"The tour opportunity was prompted by citizen input at the Cherokee Bluffs public information meeting held in April," Hall County District 1 Commissioner Craig Lutz said in a statement. "We think this is an excellent way for citizens to see the property firsthand and better visualize future development."

Plans for the park include an amphitheater, a disc golf course and a network of walking trails.

For more information about Saturday's tour, call Parks and Leisure Services at 770-535-8280.

Jimmy Buffett tribute concert to benefit animal shelter

Jimmy Buffett tribute concert to benefit animal shelter

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Tickets are now on sale for the Hawgin' on Lanier Jimmy Buffett tribute concert.

The concert will be held Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Laurel Park's amphitheater.

Pirates of the Opry are scheduled to perform. The Gainesville Jaycees will provide a barbecue dinner.

Tickets are $15 each or $300 for a table of eight, which includes food.

Contact Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley at 770-297-5504 or kcrumley@hallcounty.org for more information or to buy tickets.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Hall County Animal Shelter.

Laurel Park is located at 3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville.

Public meeting to address Cherokee Bluffs Park

Public meeting to address Cherokee Bluffs Park

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Hall County Parks and Leisure Services will discuss the proposed Cherokee Bluffs Park at a public meeting next week.

The meeting will be held Monday, Apr. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mulberry Creek Community Center.

RELATED | Cool Springs Park opening rescheduled

Cherokee Bluffs Park is located off Blackjack Road near the Sterling on the Lake subdivision in Flowery Branch. The land for the proposed park was purchased with SPLOST V money. If all goes according to plan, it will eventually include walking trails, an amphitheater and a disc golf course.

Mulberry Creek Community Center is located at 4491 J.M. Turk Road in Flowery Branch.

Cool Springs Park opening rescheduled

Cool Springs Park opening rescheduled

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County has rescheduled the opening of its new Cool Springs Park for Monday, Apr. 8 at 5:45 p.m.

The park was originally supposed to open Mar. 23, but the ceremony was canceled because of bad weather.

Learn more about Cool Springs Park.

Probate court now offering weddings

Probate court now offering weddings

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County Probate Court is now offering wedding ceremonies, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Couples who wish to get married in the court can schedule their weddings while picking up their marriage licenses.

Weddings are offered Thursday afternoons and can be performed in English or Spanish, according to Hall County Probate Court judge Patty Walters Laine.

As Valentine's Day is on a Thursday this year, Laine said her office is prepared to spend the entire day officiating wedding ceremonies.

Hall Couny Probate Court weddings are free. A marriage license costs $56; the price drops to $16 with proof of premarital counseling.

Learn more at hallcounty.org.