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Public input shaping Project Renaissance parks
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
September 12, 2012 10:12 AM | 2478 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody officials are encouraging the city’s citizens to figuratively put their two cents in in regards to how four public parks associated with the Project Renaissance redevelopment campaign targeting the Georgetown area should look.

Dozens of residents turned out to do just that as part of last week’s Project Renaissance Park and Trail design meeting.

Dunwoody Parks and Recreation Manager Brent Walker, who addressed the crowd, called the first planning meeting very “informative and productive.”

“We were able to compile a lot of great input on what the community envisions for these parks,” Walker said. “The next step will be to take what we have heard and put together design concepts for the community to review.”

Residents voiced questions and concerns about a myriad of issues, including parking, preservation of existing tree cover, park lighting and nighttime security. The location, width and material of the proposed multi-use trail connecting the four parks were also up for discussion.

Based on public input, the project consulting team from Kimley-Horn and Associates is expected to develop a series of preliminary concepts for each park site. Those ideas will be reviewed at additional community meetings later this month, said Dunwoody Marketing and Public Relations Manager Edie Damann.

Design of the first two parks, on the 16-acre site bounded by Dunwoody Park and Chamblee Dunwoody Road, are scheduled to be completed this year — with construction expected to get under way in spring and summer months.

Park elements on the 19-acre site — between North Shallowford Road and Nancy Creek — represent the second phase.
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