McDONOUGH – The activity barn at Nash Farm will be repurposed into a cultural arts center and flex-space theater.
The proposal was approved at Tuesday’s Henry County Board of Commissioners meeting and will provide the county with a venue to present arts and entertainment events, as well as a venue for plays, presentations and productions.
According to a release from the county, the repurposed activity barn can also be used for rental space and is expected to become an economic driver in the county.
Dee Clemmons, District 2 commissioner, said the move is about creating theater space that the county owns without having to buy any.
“The county does not own any theater space or any art space at all, and we don’t have to go buy one,” Clemmons said. “We can now attract smaller productions into Henry County and have indoor concerts. This will be the first theater piece that Henry County has ever had.”
During Tuesday’s meeting, Tim Coley, the head of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the new theater could seat “well over 100” depending on the setup for the facility.
The equipment needed to renovate the facility will be purchased from Productions and Concerts Inc. at a cost of $94,250. The equipment will be purchased using District 2 impact fees.
The creation of the new cultural arts center is part of a master plan for Nash Farm Battlefield, which was approved in 2018.
Drawings of the plan include 12-foot-wide multi-purpose trails, multi-age playgrounds, conversion of the activity barn into an activity building, bike trails, equestrian trails, a covered pavilion to seat more than 200 people, and a garden.