Parks/Trails/Greenspaces A photo of the Bobby Jones Golf Course today with the clubhouse in the background.

Published on June 8th, 2016 |

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AMPC issues statement on city transferring part of Memorial Park to state

The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC) issued a position letter on Tuesday following the Atlanta City Council’s passage Monday of legislation authorizing Mayor Kasim Reed to negotiate a final transfer of a large portion of the park to the state of Georgia.

The area to the right (light green) is the part of Atlanta Memorial Park that will be transferred to the state.

The area to the right (light green) is the part of Atlanta Memorial Park that will be transferred to the state.

The parkland transfer, which has been somewhat controversial, involves the portion of Atlanta Memorial Park that lies east of Northside Drive and includes the Bobby Jones Golf Course and Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. It does not involve the more passive part of the park west of Northside Drive.

The following is the text of the letter to AMPC constituents issued by the organization’s board chairman Kirk Billings on Tuesday (edited for BuckheadView style):

“On Monday, June 6, the city of Atlanta approved legislation transferring ownership of a portion of Atlanta Memorial Park (the land east of Northside Drive) that includes the golf course, tennis center and clubhouse to the State.

“AMPC is pleased to see a resolution of the ownership and looks forward to the opportunity of working and collaborating with the state, the surrounding neighborhoods and other stakeholders for the implementation of important elements of AMPC’s originally envisioned master plan.

“These include improved pedestrian connectivity, resolution of watershed issues and the reaching of an amenable plan on the future use of the existing clubhouse.

“The approved legislation disclosed aspects of the state’s plans for the property. These plans appear to include but are not limited to the following:

  • The state establishing a first-class public golf facility with related public amenities that will benefit the city by providing upgrades to the Bobby Jones Golf Course, anticipated economic
    AMPC board chairman Kirk Billings, left, with Mayor Kasim Reed during the mayor's recent tour of Atlanta Memorial Park.

    AMPC board chairman Kirk Billings, left, with Mayor Kasim Reed during the mayor’s recent tour of Atlanta Memorial Park.

    investment in and around the properties to exceed $25 million.

  • The state agreeing to a use a perpetual restriction of the properties for park purposes.
  • The state agreeing to reservation(s) of easement(s) by the city for utilities and other park infrastructure including but not limited to streets, sidewalks and multi-use trails on the properties.
  • The state providing for reasonable availability and community access to facilities on the properties.
  • The state leasing back the tennis center to the city for a period of 50 years for $1 per year.

“AMPC looks forward to engaging with the state to ensure that AMPC’s work and community outreach over the past five years are incorporated into the state’s valuable plans. Concurrently, AMPC will continue to work with the city of Atlanta on implementing the recommendations outlined in the Feasibility Study for the west side of Northside Drive, including the new, relocated playground for Memorial Park.

“In closing, AMPC is thankful to the ongoing efforts of Mayor Reed, Council Member Adrean, their staff and the other devoted City Council members for their ongoing efforts and leadership. Atlanta Memorial Park is truly fortunate to be experiencing this proposed constructive renewal and change in its watershed, sewer, pedestrian connectivity, golf, tennis, greenspace and active areas.

“Further, AMPC anticipates fully engaging and partnering with the state, city and community to further leverage these positive plans for this area of Atlanta.”

 

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