A new park in the heart of Evans opens Saturday with music, games and family activities.
Evans Town Center Park officially opens at 2 p.m., followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. and music starting at about 4 p.m.
The event will feature music from country and rock artists Rick Monroe, Gary Ray, SwampDaWamp and Kara Clark through 9 p.m.
Activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, a rock-climbing wall, a mechanical bull, an inflatable play area and face painting. Food vendors will also be on site.
The park, which cost nearly $5 million to construct, includes picnic pavilions, a large gazebo, a splash pad, a dog park, and the Lady Antebellum Pavilion.
The 5,000-seat amphitheater was named after the country group featuring Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, both of whom graduated from Lakeside High School. Lady Antebellum will perform at the pavilion on Oct. 28.
The event is free, but parking will cost $5, which benefits the Shepheard Community Blood Center. Parking is located across the street on a county-owned field next to Marshall Square.
For information, call (706) 312-7192 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov.
If You Go
What: Evans Town Center Park grand opening
When: 2-9 p.m. Saturday; Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m., followed by concert at 4 p.m. headlined by Nashville singer Rick Monroe.
Where: Evans Town Center Park on Evans Town Center Boulevard
Cost: $5 for parking across the street