According to Clayton County Commissioner Michael Edmondson, these improvements came through the hard work and dedication of those affiliated with Lake Spivey Community Inc.
The commissioner said this small but growing group has spent many hours of their own time on their hands and knees planting and beautifying traffic islands in the area as well as the entrance to Clayton County International Park.
Last Friday more than a dozen residents braved chilly winds and rain to join Edmondson, Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner, District 75 state Rep. Mike Glanton, D-Jonesboro and other government officials and residents to hear a report on their progress and how county government officials view their efforts.
Turner said the effort is not only good for the Lake Spivey area but all of Clayton County.
“One of my visions for the county when I took office was to beautify the county and make it a showplace, not only for south metro but the entire Atlanta metro area,” he said.
“With what I see, Commissioner Edmondson and those with Lake Spivey Community Inc. have already begun, and I support their efforts 100 percent,” Turner said.
Edmondson said conversations regarding landscaping in the area began in 2006 when the state began to widen Highway 138.
It was at that time, the commissioner said, that Lake Spivey Community Inc. members Dr. Don McMillian, Jr., Janie Griffin, Jim Buckman, Lee Fincher and others approached the Georgia Department of Transportation about landscaping the area.
“The request was to create a tree-lined median,” Edmondson said. “State Transportation Board Member Dana Lemon supported the idea and the state invested over $3 million on the planters and improvements.”
He added that Lemon secured an additional Transportation enhancement grant for about $500,000 to fund the landscaping.
“Jim Crissey and the Southern Regional Medical Center supported the vision and donated funding for the initial studies and blueprints with Clayton County providing necessary local matching funds,” Edmondson said.