Parks/Trails/Greenspaces The photo shows the apex of Charlie Loudermilk Park (at the intersection of Peachtree and Roswell roads) where the sculpture likely would be placed.

Published on October 7th, 2015 |

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Security cameras approved to protect Charlie Loudermilk Park

The Buckhead Community Improvement District is spending $30,659 to purchase two security cameras for Buckhead’s Charlie Loudermilk Park in order to protect the safety of people using the

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.

park and as a deterrent to damage being done to elements of the park.

Following recent reports of damage to part of the park apparently done by skateboarders, the BCID board authorized the purchase of cameras at its Sept. 28 meeting. The cameras will be linked to the city of Atlanta’s Operation Shield network of almost 6,000 monitored cameras.

As an interesting side note, the police monitoring center for the Operation Shield network is named for Charlie Loudermilk, who made a substantial contribution toward establishing the facility. Loudermilk also contributed at least $1.5 million toward the new park design.

BCID Executive Director Jim Durrett also announced at the Sept. 28 meeting that Loudermilk is paying for upgraded changes to be made to the base of the clock tower on the northwest corner of the park and that the engraved bricks—purchased years ago by supporters of redeveloping the park—would soon be placed in the northern area of the park.

Also, the nine trees along the perimeter of the park that earlier died and were removed will be replaced around mid-November and will be the same species of trees.

Durrett also announced that the BCID would be sending out requests for proposals to major national design and engineering firms this month

Graphic shows the various elements of the park as envisioned after early preliminary studies.

Graphic shows the various elements of the park over GA 400 in the central business district of Buckhead as envisioned after early preliminary studies.

to identify more specifically a design, engineering details and potential means of financing for a 9-acre park envisoned by the CID to be built over the top of GA 400 and the Buckhead MARTA rail station between Peachtree and Lenox Roads.   It is expected it will take at least two months to get responses from firms that have prev

During the meeting, Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling updated the BCID board on PATH400 greenway activity stating that Phase 2—from the present completed trail a half-mile north to Old Ivy Road—is back underway after a delay of months and is expected to take 10-12 months to complete.

She also noted that Phase 3 on the south end should be underway in two weeks and will take about 2 months to complete. Also, Phase 4 will begin construction in November and will take 10-12 months to complete. She also said more trees are being added to the completed Phase 1 of the greenway trail.

Finally, she said the small park at the northern end of the completed PATH400 segment is in final design phase with the city and construction work should begin on that park area soon.

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    2 Responses to Security cameras approved to protect Charlie Loudermilk Park

    1. Amy Lindsay says:

      So wonderful that this park will now be the ONLY safe place in Buckhead! Maybe we should sell our home not far from there and move into the park – that way we can be sure we won’t be burglarized or held at gunpoint!

    2. Buckhead Betty says:

      Cameras to protect what? A few random tables and chairs? How about some cameras to protect the residential neighborhoods that are just a block or two away where people actually live 24/7? What a complete waste of resources.

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