Published on June 16th, 2016 |


Design concepts presented for vision of Old Ivy Park in N. Buckhead

The City of Atlanta Parks Department and Livable Buckhead have teamed up with a steering committee of residents, artists from Dashboard Coop and Buckhead Heritage Society to develop a Old Ivy Park Concept 1vision for the recently acquired Old Ivy Park property along PATH400 in North Buckhead.

Old Ivy Park is different things to different folks. For instance:

  • It is a new neighborhood park that has been added to North Buckhead as part of Councilman Howard Shook’s effort to bring council district 7 up to acceptable levels of parks.
  • It is an amenity for PATH400 providing a bit of interest along the opened Phase I of the 5.2 mile trail experience.
  • It is an opportunity to provide playable public art.
  • It is an opportunity to tell the story of the “secret well” where a prominent Buckhead family hid their silver during the war.
  • It is a place for neighbors to come together.

So, what is the goal of the visioning process? “It is to create a canvas that can be programmed in a variety of ways allowing it to become whatever it wants to be at any given time,” according to Old Ivy Park Concept 2Livable Buckhead’s recent newsletter.

“The guiding principles for the vision include: flexible, innovative, inclusive, fluid, strategic, phaseable, and fundable,” the newsletter states.

The steering committee recently gathered for the unveiling of two initial design concepts for the park, shared by consultant, Carlos Perez, of Perez Planning and Design. The committee wanted to combine aspects of both concepts into one vision—a third concept that brings it all together.

That third concept will be unveiled to the steering committee in the next few months and will be followed by a public workshop to seek input from a broader community. Check back for details on the date and times for the public workshop


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