“This park is a true representation of community partnership,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said. “The seed was planted with discussion of a widening project for Abernathy Road. Residents came to us with the idea of a linear park, and [U.S. Sen.] Johnny Isakson, our state representative at the time, championed the idea, helping us integrate park creation as we worked with the Georgia Department of Transportation on needed roadway improvements.”
Former Mayor Eva Galambos said, “Only by promising a parkway or linear park, were we able to sell the neighborhoods on the widening of Abernathy. The park concept was integral in our ability to enhance traffic flow along that artery.”
The 6.6-acre linear park runs alongside Abernathy Road, one of the city’s major traffic arteries, used by tens of thousands of cars each day. A community group, consisting of neighborhood representatives, worked with the city throughout the planning and construction phases, helping guide the vision.
Those traveling along Abernathy have watched the landscape evolve into an outdoor sculpture garden as they witnessed the creation of one of the new park’s most unique features. Designed to encourage movement through imaginative play, the park is home to six playable art sculptures created by noted artists from across the county. The playable art was made possible through the efforts of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, which secured a grant from Northside Hospital, in collaboration with Art Sandy Springs.
The ribbon on the new park will be cut at 10 a.m. Those in the surrounding neighborhoods are encouraged to walk to the park. For those traveling via car, complimentary parking will be available at the Sandy Springs City Green located at Johnson Ferry Road and Sandy Springs Circle with complimentary shuttle service from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Information: (770) 730-5600 or www.sandyspringsga.gov