Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
|Sonji Jacobs, Director
Jennifer Ogunsola, Communications Manager
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/20/13
City of Atlanta’s Office of Parks Works with Atlanta City Council to Create New Park on Lenox Road
City to purchase approximately 2.54 acres of land in Buckhead; Reed Administration and Office of Parks to collaborate with community on park design
ATLANTA – The Reed Administration and the City of Atlanta’s Office of Parks applauded the Atlanta City Council for approving legislation on Monday allowing the City to purchase approximately 2.54 acres of land in Buckhead to create a new public park on Lenox Road.
“Purchasing the property on Lenox Road is consistent with the City’s goals of greenspace acquisition, preservation and park expansion,” said Commissioner George Dusenbury. “This acquisition also will move Council District 7, the district with the lowest inventory of parkland, one step closer to goals provided in the district’s new greenspace plan. Mayor Reed’s administration, the Office of Parks and the Atlanta City Council is committed to working with the community to collaborate on the park’s design.”
The Conservation Fund (TCF), a national non-profit organization aimed at saving some of America’s special places, purchased approximately 2.54 acres of land in Buckhead at 3162 Lenox Road to create a new park. TCF has agreed to sell the property to the City for an amount that does not exceed fair market value. The City’s purchase price, closing costs, environmental due diligence costs, and site cleanup costs are estimated to be $1,170,000.
Funding for the 3162 Lenox Road property will come from the city’s Park Impact Fee North Fund. In addition to Park Impact fees, Public Safety Impact and Transportation Impact fees will fund the additional infrastructure, including parkland.
“I’d like to thank Mayor Reed and Parks Commissioner Dusenbury for this $1.17 million-dollar investment,” said Atlanta City Councilmember Howard Shook, who sponsored the legislation. “This is a huge step forward in our effort to have everyone in Buckhead live or work within a ten minute walk to a park.”
The property, which is located within walking distance of thousands of residences in the Pine Hills neighborhood and the densely populated Lenox Road corridor, is treed with mature stands of bamboo and has a creek running through it. Initial development will be limited to demolition of an existing residential structure, removal of debris and measures necessary to make the site safe and secure. The park will eventually undergo a master planning or visioning process, including collaboration with the community in order to map out future uses and stewardship.
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The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA) enhances the lives of City of Atlanta residents and visitors by offering programs, services and activities that encourage participation in recreational activities, leisure and cultural experiences. DPRCA has earned the distinction of being accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the highest honor bestowed on a parks system, and sets it apart from thousands of other parks systems throughout the nation.