Roswell Completes Phase III of Old Mill Park Restoration
The City of Roswell has completed construction of the elevated boardwalk and connecting trails at Old Mill Park. Dubbed “Phase III” of the restoration project, the boardwalk now gives visitors the chance to closely examine the Old Mill ruins. The ruins where covered with overrun kudzu until this past spring, when goats were used to clear the area in an effort to keep the adjacent river free of chemical weed-killer. Additionally, the restoration project included creation and expansion of ADA-accessible trails which connect to previously existing trails, making the area safer and more accessible to visitors of all abilities.
A video showcasing the scope of the project can be found on the City of Roswell Facebook page. Taylor Smith, the project supervisor and Roswell Recreation and Parks employee, says this project “tells the story about why [the mill] is important and the role it played in forming Roswell.” A focal point beneath the elevated boardwalk is the Mill’s original turbine, which was used for cotton processing until 1975.
To celebrate the completion of the Old Mill Park boardwalk and trails, Roswell Mayor, Council, and Recreation Commission invite the public to join them on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10 a.m. for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. This event is free and open to the public. Local media is encouraged to attend to document this historic conservation and connectivity project.