Published on September 1st, 2015 |0
Public events mark opening of Mountain Way Common bridge Sept. 2
The Friends of Mountain Way Common will host a public grand opening of the new pedestrian bridge at Mountain Way Common on Wednesday (Sept. 2) from 6-8 p.m. The celebrati
on will include Duckie Derby rubber duck races on Little Nancy Creek, a Fishing Derby and, of course food trucks.
Meanwhile, a group of about 40 people–representatives of the city of Atlanta, Park Pride, Livable Buckhead Inc., the North Buckhead Civic Association and Friends of Mountain Way Common– turned out at 10 a.m. on Wednesday for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the bridge and recording a major milestone in what has been an eight-year project.
Friends of Mountain Way Common President Dan Weede, who emceed the ceremony, referred to the opening of the bridge as “the first pit stop on this journey.” In thanking people for their work to make this a reality, Weede introduced Carlos Perez as the project manager and designer of the bridge project. He told Perez, “This is your living resume.”
Park Pride Executive Director Michael Halicki, spoke of all the partners that were involved in creating this park and told the crowd, “It is fitting that Mountain Way Common begins with a bridge.”
Halicki said of those partners involved in the project, “They have used every tool in the toolbox to fulfill their vision. But they are not done yet.” He added, “One of the most beautiful visions is looking down the creek at the park from the middle of the bridge.”
Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong told those gathered that her role is “to get out of the way” and let things like
this project happen. She said north Buckhead “is becoming the model through which we can showcase” what city and her department can do.
Dist. 7 Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook, who played a major role in getting city support for Mountain Way Common, thanked Phuong as “our patron saint downtown.”
Standinging at the end of the bridge, in the shadow of the GA 400 overpass and with MARTA rail trains whistling by, Shook commented, “This is a truly attractive and unique setting, and you can still here the crickets and birds.”
City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who was an add-on to the program and referred to Shook as his boss, looked into the future stating, “50 years from now people may not be getting in cars to go to work, but may be riding bikes or walking on this trail.” He promised to be there to lend support to the project.
For the Wednesday evening event, food trucks will also be on site to satisfy the dinner cravings of those attending the event. But as a reminder, those wanting to purchase food from the food trucks now have to purchase a ticket in advance ($15/ticket includes full meal/drink and $3 donation to MWC).
The three Duckie Derby rubber duck races down Little Nancy Creek will begin at 6:30 p.m., with prizes from Learning Express awarded to all
participants. A $5 entry fee/donation is required for both the duck races and the Fishing Derby off the bridge, where all fishers are guaranteed to “catch” a prize from Learning Express.
Everyone is welcome, and the Friends of Mountain Way Common hope the neighborhood will come out to see the new bridge.
Finally, keep your eyes open for the return of goats to Mountain Way Common. They are right at the south end of the bridge, gnawing away at the underbrush to clean up the area. But, as a reminder, don’t touch the fence that contains the goats, it is electrified and could produce a jolting experience.