The “Building Our Future” Project

The Building Our Future Project is a public-private partnership between The Barrow Community Foundation, Barrow County Schools, and business and community leaders to build a destination park and playground in Barrow County, Georgia.

The fundraising campaign began quietly in the Spring of 2022 and has raised over $3.7 Million so far. The public campaign has now officially launched with the final goal of raising $5.5 Million, with a ground breaking ceremony scheduled for May of 2023.

We invite you to make a pledge today and join us in building this exciting destination park.

Campaign Goal

$5.5 Million

Total Pledged

$3.7 Million

% of Goal


Building Our Future Campaign Brochure (PDF)
Naming Opportunities (PDF)
Pledge Form (PDF)
For more information on the project or how you can make a pledge, please contact Glenn Ver Steeg at (770) 846-3968.

Campaign Video

Park Overview

The Building Our Future Park Project will be developed on the Old Russell Middle School campus located at 84 W Midland Avenue in Winder, which is also home to the Center For Innovative Teaching.

Complete List of Park Features

  1. Destination Playground
  2. Splash Pad/Water Play Area
  3. Walking Paths
  4. Open Field Area
  5. Sports Court
  6. Reading Nooks
  7. Outdoor Classroom
  8. Open Air Market
  9. Food Truck Area
  10. Pavilions and Picnic Areas
  11. Public Restrooms
  12. Bioswale
  13. Dog Park
  14. Sculpture and Art Garden
  15. Pollinator Meadow
  16. Tree House

Destination Playground

The highlight of the park is the destination playground that is aimed to be one of the premier playgrounds in the state of Georgia. A truly integrated play area that caters to children of all ages, the playground will feature unique and challenging play pieces as well as ADA-accessible features for children with disabilities.

A wide variety of state-of-the-art play equipment will be surrounded by soft green turf, winding paths, picnic areas, a large pavilion, and shaded areas.

Play features include climbing blocks, swings, twisters, slides, climbing ropes, a zip line, ADA-accessible features, sensory pieces for children with autism, and more.

The large structure in the center of the playground is the “Barrowsaurus”, a one-of-a-kind in the world rope pyramid that is 27 feet high and 70 feet long, providing fun and challenging play for the entire family.

Campaign Leadership

The Barrow Community Foundation is grateful to the many corporate and community leaders and volunteers who have dedicated their time and financial resources to this project.

Philip Gossling

Doug Mitchell
Mitchell & Crunk

Steffanie Sorrells
Bank OZK

Brad Akins
Akins Ford

Carol Burrell
Northeast Georgia HS

David Bleth
Harrison Poultry

Dr. Chris McMichael
Barrow Country Schools

Chris Maddox
Renasant Bank

Wayne Bartlett
Progressive Realty LLC

Jim Argo
Kiwanis Club

Lee Bane
Barrow County Schools

Denise Greason
Renasant Bank

Shenley Rountree
Barrow County Schools

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