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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2016
Mayor Kasim Reed and the Department of Parks and Recreation Celebrate New Playground at Atlanta Memorial Park in Buckhead
City and partners invested $400,000 in new playground and park amenities
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed and the Department of Parks and Recreation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the new Atlanta Memorial Park playground in Buckhead. During a press conference, Mayor Reed was joined by Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong, Department of Watershed Management Commissioner Kishia Powell, Atlanta City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean, the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy and Park Pride.
“Last year, I made a promise to this community that we would work to deliver a new playground in Memorial Park, and I am proud to say that the City of Atlanta fulfilled its commitment,” said Mayor Reed. “This playground will provide a safe and healthy place for our children to have fun,
while furthering our goal to ensure that all residents in the City of Atlanta are within a half-mile walk of a quality park or green space.”
The City of Atlanta invested $200,000 toward the new development and an additional $200,000 was raised by the Atlanta Memorial Conservancy through a combination of grants and private donors.
“The Department of Parks and Recreation worked closely with the local community to ensure that the new playground at Memorial Park would truly meet the needs of residents and their families,” said Amy Phuong, Commissioner of the department. “We heard them loud and clear, and we believe the investments made to Memorial Park will play a central role in the continued sustainability of this community for years to come.”
In March 2016, Mayor Reed met with members of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, neighborhood leaders
and Councilmember Adrean
, and his team developed an aggressive approach to solving the flooding problems at Atlanta Memorial Park and the Peachtree Creek basin. Mayor Reed also charged the Department of Parks and Recreation with installing a new playground and relocating the site to an area of the park which would less likely experience flooding.
The new playscape playground features modernized equipment and several nature-themed elements that were based upon
feedback from the community.
In addition, a legacy grant from Park Pride funded new amenities surrounding the playground including newly-installed benches, picnic tables and bike racks.
Future improvements in the park will include a new five-foot sidewalk, stormwater drainage improvements west of Northside Drive and a bridge which will complete the PATH loop around the Bobby Jones Golf Course connecting pedestrians to the Atlanta Beltline.
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