Published on May 3rd, 2016 |


Public invited to open house May 5 on Memorial Park playground’s future

The Atlanta Department of Parks & Recreation will host an open house May 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center to allow the community to provide DPR and a selected steering committee feedback on proposed plans for a new and relocated Atlanta Memorial Park playground. mem Park logo

A notice sent by the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC) said, “The Open House format provides an opportunity to join the conversation, review plans and comment regarding the playground plans any time from 6 – 8 pm.

The Bitsy Grant Tennis Center is located at 2125 Northside Drive.

On April 21, DPR invited members of AMPC’s parks committee and Memorial Park neighbors to be part of a 16-member steering committee to discuss and provide input for future planning for a relocated playground in Memorial Park as directed by the mayor’s office.

The steering committee of neighbors, individuals, professionals and leadership provided input for future planning of the playground.  Discussions revolved around the strengths and weaknesses of the existing playground and the committee shared their ideas, expertise and aspirations for the proposed playground.

In mid/late May, the Memorial Park steering committee will meet to review and discuss the ideas and comments shared during the May 5 Open House.

Meanwhile, AMPC continues to work closely with Councilmember Yolanda Adrean, the Mayor’s office, the Department of Watershed Management (DWM), the Department of Parks and

Part of the Steering Committee members at the initial meeting to discuss a new and relocated playground.

Part of the Steering Committee members at the initial meeting to discuss a new and relocated playground.

Recreation (DPR) and AMPC’s Working Group task force to address the sewer issues in Memorial Park.

AMPC has hired Long Engineering to review the remedial plans presented by DWM to fix the sewer issues in Memorial Park. Long Engineering is currently reviewing documents submitted by DWM and will be discussing the proposed solutions with DWM this month.

In May and June, members of the Working Group plan to tour the R.M. Clayton plant, Tanyard and Clear Creek CSO facilities among other outings “to gain a better understanding of the issues facing Memorial Park and the Peachtree Creek basin,” according to the AMPC report.

In June, the Working Group is scheduled to reconvene with the mayor’s office and DWM to discuss the short and long term sewer solutions for Memorial Park.

In another related matter, the Memorial Park Walkways Project is reportedly also moving forward on schedule. AMPC submitted 50 percent construction documents to the Urban Design Commission (UDC).

The Staff Report found “the proposed project is highly appropriate and will be a great improvement for the park and the community”. Comments were addressed during the presentation on April 27 with the vote in favor 6-0.

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