Ball Ground ended 2018 bigger and better than ever, with downtown Ball Ground continuing to grow, as new businesses discover that it is the place to be. What was once a sleepy town filled with rocks is now a thriving community where people meet for lunch or dinner, shop, attend concerts, or just take a stroll through the park. Ball Ground has it all!
Mayor Rick Roberts and Council Members John Byrd, Frank Homiller, Mickey O’Malley, Lee Prettyman, and Andrenia Stoner are second to none when it comes to elected officials. Nowhere will you find a more dedicated group of men and women working to keep pace with the ever-changing times while maintaining the charm of a small town where everyone wants to live, work, and play.
In 2019, Mayor Roberts and the Ball Ground City Council will continue efforts to increase green space and parkland. Other goals/plans for 2019 include creating and adopting a historic preservation ordinance that respects personal property rights while helping to preserve the past, hiring additional police officers, and continuing to work with the Georgia Department of Transportation to improve the road conditions of State Route 372.
Work crews began the much-anticipated Valley Street streetscape project last month. This walking path will begin at the intersection of Depot Street and Valley Street, then extend to Howell Bridge Road. This path will give residents an additional area to walk, ride bikes, or just sit and relax.
Last year, the Ball Ground Senior Center opened a new facility that provided services one day a week to Ball Ground’s aging population. The Center will hopefully be completely staffed five days a week by the end of 2019. Located at 388 Groover Street, the Center is currently open Tuesday through Wednesday from 9:00am-2:00pm, providing educational, social, leisure, and recreational activities for senior citizens who are looking to have some fun and make new friends. Senior residents are encouraged to stop by for a visit with Director of Services Julie Arthur to tour the facility.
If you find yourself out for an evening, make sure downtown Ball Ground is your destination. You will find delicious food, the latest home decor and fashion, and the list goes on and on. After your visit, you will know why Ball Ground is the place to be!