Sandy Springs staff has started an assessment on the impact
of the Atlanta Braves' new ballpark on local traffic.
The stadium will be located in the Cumberland Mall area just outside Sandy Springs, and less than a mile from the new site of Heards Ferry Elementary School at 6151 Powers Ferry Road.
During public comment at last week's City Council meeting, resident Michael McDonald asked about the stadium's impact. He also raised the question in a previous meeting. Mayor Rusty Paul said, “I’m not sure we know at this point. We’ll have some conversations with Cobb County.”
Paul added, “That is something we’ll be able to discuss more fully as we learn more. There is no question that it is going to have an impact on parts of the city, and we are in the process of doing that assessment today.”
During an update on the Heards Ferry Elementary school relocation by Fulton County Schools, Councilman Gabriel Sterling commented that game day traffic will coincide with afterschool activities and asked if there was any solution in place.
“What about the infrastructure we will have to have and expand to keep these kids safe if they do walk, and if they are going through carpooling on those days,” Sterling asked.
David Knotts, director of Land Management for Fulton County Schools said, “We are now assessing that just like the city is to determine what we need to do from a traffic perspective, from a parking perspective; from the Braves and pedestrian connection. That’s where we are today. It’s all relatively new, as far as what just came out.”