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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The High Point Parks and Recreation Department is in the planning stages for a $5 million park off of Westchester Drive.

Parks and Recreation Director Allen Oliver said the idea began as a part of the revitalization plan in 2007 and the department has been accumulating land for the 60 acre site for the past three years.

With an entrance on Burton Avenue and walking entrances for homeowners along Coventry Road, people can enjoy walking trails, mountain bike trails, two small playgrounds a five acre dog park and a championship size disc golf course.

"We hired a consulting firm out of Charlotte, Site Solutions, to build a site master plan for us," Oliver said. "They evaluated the site from an environmental part of it an also from the aspect of soils and the streams that runs through the middle and they helped us put together a comprehensive plan or the site."

The 18-hole golf course will be available for tournament bookings to help boost the local economy with recreational sports.

Derric Jennings with Bicycle Toy & Hobby Sales in High Point, said a mountain trail park in the city will be beneficial to bikers in the area who travel to Greensboro and Winston-Salem to ride.

"There's no trails in High Point, no mountain bike trails in Thomasville , no bike trails in Lexington so I think you'll also draw people from those areas," Jennings said.

Oliver said the plan is still in the beginning stages and will require a funding plan after approval from council.

The last public input meeting is scheduled for Monday.

Oliver said there are state grant opportunities coming up and he hopes that ground breaking can begin in another year.