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Update: Abernathy Greenway Linear Park

An update on the $14 million park was provided during Sandy Springs City Councilman Chip Collin’s town hall meeting, last week.

At least a part of Abernathy Greenway Linear Park, including a children’s playable art section, will open in fall 2012, according to members of the park Steering Committee.

An update on the $14 million park was provided during Sandy Springs City Councilman Chip Collins' town hall meeting, last week.

More than 120 sculpture entries from around the world were submitted for the playable art section, said Cheri Morris with the Sandy Springs Conservancy board.

"The quality of these submissions is unbelievable,” Morris said. The submissions are set to go to an advisory panel of child safety experts, art conservationists and celebrity judges. 

“Then the [City] Council will vote on the final acquisition...to be installed in late 2012; tying into when the Greenway is ready,” she added.

On the north end of the park, property has been acquired, underground utility work has been done, and now in phase three of the process contractor work will include grading, fencing and tree planting. Some trees that were previously planted will be replaced “on the contractor’s dime,” said Ronnie Young, Recreation and Parks director. 

“Phase four has over $800,000 in federal funds as part of the project,” said John Boudreau, a consultant with Atkins Global. “The city will match 20 percent bringing the cost to nearly $1 million.”

Young added, “Everything thus far has been paid for. We do have funding available to cover both the design and the contract for phase four…We will approach Council in March for next fiscal year’s capital improvement funds and ask for additional funds. For past two or three years it’s been about [$500,000] per year.”

Phase four will include landscaping, irrigation, sodding, trails, pedestrian lighting and a parking lot, likely for families drawn to the park’s playable art sections. The work goes out to bid shortly, and construction on phase four is expected to start in early 2012.

Neighborhood Sidewalks and Trees along Abernathy Median

Residents want trees on the median along Abernathy Road. “That will happen in time, Collins explained. “GDOT, as a mater of policy, won’t put trees in the median, but when it’s turned back over to us its something that we can do,” he said.

Sidewalks help to connect the city and will also come in time, Collins said. “For those of you concerned about wanting sidewalks, and Brandon Mill in particular, having a park improves your chances of getting sidewalks.”

jim derrick October 18, 2011 at 01:54 PM
But the big story was that even Chip Collins was surprised by the completion date he was given at the meeting. According to the contracts let out by the state, the road does not have to be done before December 31st 2012. In other words, they could complete the road by next summer, but the contract did not stipulate that date so the contractor can take their good old time getting it done. I am not an highway or a social engineer, but I would tend to believe that this little, bitty park will not be used much until all the roads are finished. Well, Hammond Park gets used and it is right at a pretty ugly intersection, so I suppose this park (I think we should name it Senator Johnny Issakson Park ) will be used. But I would like to hear if there has been any progress on the proposed park off old Riverside Drive. The city needs to hammer that park concept down and get the people who own it now to transfer the property to Sandy Springs. If they wait, and the November SPLOST gets passed, Sandy Springs will be in competiton with Fulton County for this space for the Heards Ferry E.S. replacement site which could go on this property. We need that open space out here west of Johnson's Ferry. What about it, City Fathers (and Mothers)?

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