The Eton City Park, located off CCC Camp Road at the Old Eton Elementary School, doesn’t look much like a park right now. But it will eventually, city officials say.

Currently, the park is basically an open field with a playground and an old baseball diamond. In a few months it will be transformed through landscaping and other improvements, said City Council member Billy Cantrell, who serves as park administrator.

“We want to beautify the city, and the park is just one area that needs it,” Cantrell said.

“We’re putting up some old country style signs that are made out of wood, and we will have a wrought iron entrance into the park,” he said. “We’re also looking for funding for an amphitheater.”

City officials do have estimates on how much the renovations or the amphitheater will cost, said city clerk Kim Hall. City Council members had hoped to receive a grant to pay for the amphitheater but the city did not qualify.

Cantrell said electrical outlets will be added at the park. The additional outlets will not only be useful for park visitors but also during the Eton Country Fair and the Christmas light show, which will start Thanksgiving night, Cantrell said. The fair is every September, this year on the 23rd and 24th.

“We plan on expanding the fair this year,” Cantrell said. “(The outlets) will help make the people flow better. Everybody won’t be cluttered in one area.”

Council members decided to allow the Christmas light show that played at the county recreation facility last holiday season to play at the park this holiday season. The show will run nightly from Thanksgiving until New Year's Eve.

The renovations aren’t the only thing going on at the park this summer.

There is a motorcycle cruise-in from 5 to 11 p.m. every second Saturday of the month through October. Cantrell said there were about 300 motorcycles for May’s cruise-in.

“We have live bands and a lot of vendors,” he said. “We have a lot of things for people to participate in at the cruise-ins. There’s a burn-out pit, barrel races like we have at the fair each year, and we have other competitions.”

Alcohol is prohibited from the cruise-in.

“There’s not one person drinking out there,” said council member Steve Shaw. “It’s more family-oriented than not. It’s something you can bring anyone to.”

Pickin' at the Pavilion takes place each fourth Saturday of the month from 6 to 11 p.m. through at least August. It won’t be held in September because of the fair, and organizers haven’t made a decision about October.

Pickin' in the Pavilion allows anyone who enjoys music to get together with others to play, sing or listen. There is no agenda. People can listen or play with whomever they choose.

City council members are looking for volunteers to start and organize a car cruise-in at the park each month.

For more information on the park or events planned for this summer, contact City Hall at 706-695-2652.

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