Published on April 27th, 2016 |0
Duck Pond Park kicks off Century Plan Phase II
The Century Plan was launched in 1999 to address critical, environmental issues that threatened the future health and safety of the seven-and-a-half acre Peachtree Heights East park.
The park receives no funding from the City of Atlanta, and for more than 90 years the Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association (PHENA) and its predecessors have supported and managed the park through volunteer workdays, fundraising events and annual dues.
In addition to PHENA and Ladies of the Lake Garden Club, financial supporters of the Century Plan include Park Pride and six local foundations; more than 300 neighbors and friends; and 14 civic, educational and business organizations.
In Phase I of the plan, $460,000 was raised to cover the major expense of draining and dredging the pond back to its original depth and constructing two siltation ponds to feed into the main Pond.
Other projects supported by PHENA and the Ladies of the Lake have continued to improve the park’s environmental health. Pond aerators were installed and regular tree planting programs were conducted in partnership with the City of Atlanta and Trees Atlanta, and USDA-recommended wildlife management programs were initiated.
But a 2012 engineering assessment identified critical improvements needed to control and reduce the erosion that continues to cause siltation and a loss of trees and natural vegetation.
Phase II, underway now, with a budget of $550,000, addresses those issues:
- Stone wall and bank stabilization at pond edge
- Erosion control measures
- Planting including shelf construction at pond
- Stream bank stabilization and restoration in middle park
- Headwalls restoration
For more information on Duck Pond Park’s Century Plan visit www.preserveduckpond.org.