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Roswell Dedicates Groveway Community Park

The City of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department will dedicate the newly renamed Groveway Community Park at 160 Dobbs Drive in Roswell on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. All members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony.

Previously called Waller Park Extension, the park’s name was changed to eliminate confusion between it and Waller Park, which is located at 250 Oak Street. While the names of the parks were similar, the two parks (which occupied adjacent parkland) had separate entrances off of different roads. The similarities in the names created confusion for residents and public safety officials over the years.

The new name—Groveway Community Park—was chosen to honor Roswell’s Groveway Community, the earliest African-American neighborhood in Roswell, and one to which many present-day residents can trace their roots for generations. The name was initially proposed by the Roswell Recreation Commission and later chosen by a majority of community respondents in a public survey in fall 2016.

“The Groveway Community has played a vital role in the history of the City of Roswell, initiating community dialogue, addressing disparities, establishing support services and resources, and improving the welfare of the community and its members,” said Jeff Pruitt, Interim Director of the Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs Department. “Renaming the park after this incredible part of our community, is a small way in which the City of Roswell can recognize the years of dedication and service that they have devoted to the neighborhoods within.”

Groveway Community Park features picnic areas, a playground, and soccer and softball fields. Most notably, the park houses the Roswell Rotary Dream Field, a synthetic turf field that allows wheelchairs and walkers to move freely, giving children and young adults with developmental an physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in recreation and enrichment activities.

About the Groveway Community Group

With a desire to strengthen, unify, and make a lasting impact on their immediate community, the Groveway Community has historically initiated community-wide dialogue and addressed disparities with pragmatic solutions. These ongoing, unstructured assemblies led to the establishment of more formal organizations aimed at providing support services and improving the general welfare of the community and its members. The Groveway Community Group (GCG) has always been civic-minded as evidenced by its efforts to provide resources to meet the community's needs, both big and small. GCG and its members actively seek to fulfill its mission in a myriad of ways, such as helping families in crisis situations, transporting senior citizens who do not have access to transportation to their appointments, and maintaining the Pleasant Hill Historical Cemetery. The GCG has also been very instrumental in establishing Roswell Roots, one of the largest Black History Month celebrations in the state.

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