Croy Engineering provided masterplanning for the reconfiguration of this exhibition fairgrounds/equestrian park. The initial master plan proposed that the open air horse ring structure be relocated to another area of the park with the addition of stables and a corral. The existing horse ring would then be enclosed for use as a large exhibition hall. Within this masterplan, various elements including parking and associated components were incorporated. The updated masterplan was modified to consider the proposed parkway alignment cutting through the site, minimizing the impact to the plan by tunneling and bridging portions of the proposed parkway. The masterplan includes the following elements:

  • Trail system for pedestrian and equestrian use
  • Picnic areas and pavilions
  • 75,000 s.f. Equestrian Center
  • 100 stall stable area and warm-up corral
  • Maintenance buildings and pole barn
  • RV parking pads
  • Onsite Park Ranger and police station
  • Play areas
  • Restroom facilities
  • Parking areas for spectators, recreational vehicles and horse trailers
  • Controlled gated access for ticketing, staff and security parking

Under a separate design contract, Croy Engineering performed a boundary and topographic survey, including an existing lake survey, on the site.  Using the updated survey information, previously completed masterplan, and architectural and owner input, along with first hand evaluation of the 2013 North Georgia State Fair in operation, Croy prepared an updated conceptual plan.  The drainage, water and sewer service, and other utilities were evaluated as well.  Croy prepared an initial cost estimate of this work, and presented a phasing plan for the improvements to provide the County Parks Department with a plan that will fit their current budget while planning for the future development.  Croy evaluated the existing lake for capacity to be used for stormwater management for the site and coordinated with a geotechnical consultant on improvements to the existing dam.  Using the information from the site assessment, Croy prepared the design for new utility infrastructure, including stormwater management for the park, as well as paving and site work for new buildings. The firm will provide construction administration assistance, as well.