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Published on August 26th, 2015 |

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Skateboarders have done damage to new Charlie Loudermilk Park

Skateboarders have already done some damage to the newly redeveloped Charlie Loudermilk Park, the central focal point of the Buckhead Village, Buckhead Community Improvement District Executive Director Jim Durrett told the CID board on Tuesday.

Buckhead CID Executive Director Jim Durrett, right, with CiD board member Robin Loudermilk during the dedication of the new Charlie Loudermilk Park design in March of this year.

Buckhead CID Executive Director Jim Durrett, right, with CiD board member Robin Loudermilk during the dedication of the new Charlie Loudermilk Park design in March of this year.

The park, which was redesigned and rebuilt by the Buckhead CID, with a contribution of more than $1 million from Buckhead civic and business leader Charlie Loudermilk, founder of Buckhead-based Aaron’s rents, was just rededicated in the late spring of this year.

Since it has been reopened for public use, the park has attracted many people to use the tables for lunching and it has attracted young people to throw Frisbees on the green lawn area. It has become much more of a public gathering space than before the renovation.

The green lawn area at the park has drawn people throwing Frisbees. At right is the fountain and at the far end of the green lawn is the clock tower and area with tables and seating.

The green lawn area at the park has drawn people throwing Frisbees. At right is the fountain and at the far end of the green lawn is the clock tower and area with tables and seating.

Durrett was not specific about the extent of damage that has been caused by the skateboarders, but he told his board members Aug. 25 he is looking into partnering with the Atlanta Police Foundation to get two Operation Shield cameras placed in the park to help police monitor activities there 24 hours a day.

Along with replacement of about nine trees planted at the park that have died and been removed, Durrett also told the board that the new engraved donor bricks—which were bought by people who contributed to the renovation of the park—are on their way to Buckhead and will be installed shortly in the area where the tables are located.

The bricks became an issue with the new park design and originally were made part of the base of the clock tower in the park. However, the CID decided those were not appropriate and did not fit with the clock tower design and had them covered over. A demand followed to find a place to install the originally purchased paver bricks.

The trees are to be replaced sometime this fall after it is determined exactly what led to them dying so soon after the park was rededicated. For an earlier story about the dead trees, click here.

Charlie Loudermilk, left, is shown with his good friend John Portman, during the park dedication ceremony last March. The two are in talks about a sculpture piece for the park.

Charlie Loudermilk, left, is shown with his good friend John Portman, during the park dedication ceremony last March. The two are in talks about a sculpture piece for the park.

Durrett updated the board on negotiations that have been going on for months between Charlie Loudermilk, his famed architect friend John Portman and the CID to get a piece of Portman’s sculpture work to be placed at the apex of the park. Durrett said those talks are continuing.

Finally, Durrett also reported that the Storyteller Sculpture, which was a focal point of the former park design and was not incorporated in the new design, may become a gift to the Fulton County Library branch on Buckhead Avenue, as part of a new streetscape design at the library.

Durrett said the Storyteller Sculpture is being stored at a cost of $300 per month and he will be happy to see it placed at the library as soon as all the paperwork can be completed with Fulton County.

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