Smyrna officials welcome a new city park despite hard economic times that have forced some municipal job cuts.

The city's first new park in a decade opens next month on the campus of a former psychiatric hospital on Atlanta Road.

Parks director Steve Ciaccio says the $9.2 million Taylor-Brawner Park, on the site of Brawner Hospital, is funded by a $22 million parks bond approved by voters in 2005.

The director says the city is also building four other new parks and improving 10 older parks. But he says the new park will be the city's "flagship" park.

Before the bond vote, the city had 21 parks on about 291 acres.

Smyrna officials have cut 31 municipal jobs to save money.

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