ATLANTA — The Georgia House of Representatives this week approved a
Senate resolution to allow Barrow County Parks & Recreation to add another 37
acres from Fort Yargo State Park to the Barrow County Recreation Complex.
Barrow County in 1970 entered into a 50-year ground lease with the State for the
65 acres currently in use as the county’s main recreation area in Winder. With
that lease set to expire in four years, county officials asked to replace it with a 25-
year lease incorporating the additional acreage.
The County will pay the State $10 per year to lease the entire 102 acres, with the
State clearing the additional 37.29 acres and retaining the timber proceeds.
Barrow County Chairman Pat Graham in early February made the county’s
request in writing to Mark Williams, commissioner of the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources. Then Rep. Terry England (R-Auburn) took the county’s
proposal to both the DNR Board and the State Properties Board for approval
before having it added to the list of state property transactions in Senate
The Senate unanimously approved the resolution on Feb. 23, and the House on
March 14 approved it by a vote of 168-1. Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign it.
The additional acreage is adjacent to the county’s existing complex and is
bordered by Second Street, Highway 11, and Firetower Road.
After the land is cleared, Barrow County officials plan to develop a walking trail
that ties into the state park, and up to four sports fields with amenities such as
restrooms, a concession stand and parking.