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Council approves purchase of Buckhead parkland
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August 19, 2013 07:13 PM | 2425 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Graphic / A map shows the proposed Mountain Way Common park.
Special Graphic / A map shows the proposed Mountain Way Common park.
At its meeting Monday at City Hall, the Atlanta City Council Monday approved an amended ordinance authorizing the city to negotiate for and to purchase 0.904 acres of property located at 0 N. Ivy Road in Buckhead from Livable Buckhead Inc., it announced in a news release. The land will be used to create a new park in council District 7 in an amount not to exceed $98,000.

“It’s not specific to the trail but to Mountain Way Common, the park being developed there,” Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling said. “This acre of land we’ll now have an 8-acre park in Buckhead. We’ve helped facilitate a deal between [the Georgia Department of Transportation] and the city to develop that land as greenspace. It was owned by GDOT and we acquired it. They’ve never done that before. It’s a pretty big deal. We purchased the property working with the city and are then donating it to the city.”

Starling said the park will connect to the planned 5.2-mile PATH400 Trail being built from Loridans Drive south to Morosgo Drive. She also thanked Dan Weede, a resident of the area where the park will be, for uniting neighborhood groups in the park effort.

“We’re pretty excited,” Starling said. “It’s a great example of how [Livable Buckhead] and the city and GDOT can work together. It’s tough to make these things happen. This whole park has been several years in the making.

“District 7 has the lowest amount of parkland in the city, and we want to add 106 acres of greenspace. That would bring us up to acceptable levels of service for parks.”

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