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Mayor Kasim Reed Unveils Plans for the Future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry

Post Date:12/29/2017 7:55 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Alnissa Ruiz-Craig, Deputy Press Secretary
404-546-1463, office
404-548-6407, cell
aruizcraig@atlantaga.gov

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 29, 2017

News Release 

Mayor Kasim Reed Unveils Plans for the Future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry 

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed today unveiled the plans for Phase One of the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry. Mayor Reed was joined by Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong, Department of Watershed Management Commissioner Kishia L. Powell, Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, Renew Atlanta General Manager Faye DiMassimo, and Atlanta Beltline Partnership Executive Director Rob Brawner for the unveiling.

“The future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry will transform an historic property on the Westside and bring something incredible to the community and to all of Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed. “We are connecting more residents than ever to parks and greenspace. We are creating a healthy and sustainable City where everyone can bring and build their dreams. Once completed, this greenspace will be the largest park in the City, 100 acres larger than Piedmont Park. Our Westside residents deserve best-in-class parks and infrastructure, and with this project, we are delivering on our promise.” 

Phase One of the Future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry will include a notable gateway entrance at the intersection of Johnson Road and Grove Park Place on the north side of the park. The gateway design will provide lighting, signage and visually appealing graphics. The restoration of Grove Park Place will include resurfacing of the roadway and the rehabilitation and enhancement of greenery along the corridor.

The park will also include a grand overlook area to maximize views of the quarry-turned-reservoir as well as panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline. Visitors will be able to experience the quarry using ADA-accessible trails leading to the grand overlook. Phase One of the $26.5 million project will also include trails designed to enhance public experience and provide a pedestrian connection to and from the Proctor Creek Greenway. 

“The Department of Parks and Recreation is proud and excited to announce the plans for the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry. Since being appointed as Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner in 2015, it has been an honor and privilege to work with the Mayor to increase access to greenspace for Atlanta residents. I thank him for his vision and his commitment,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong.

The Bellwood Quarry has been under construction since September 2016. The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management has been working to transform the quarry into a two billion gallon emergency drinking water reservoir for the City that will increase the emergency water supply from three days to thirty days.  

Conceptual renderings can be found here.

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