3/29/2013Dunwoody Construction Project Updates
Groundbreaking for New City Parks at Project Renaissance, Brook Run Park Multi-Use Trail, Sidewalk and Paving Improvements and the Brook Run Dog Park Relocation
Dunwoody, GA March 29, 2013 – The City of Dunwoody has several beneficial and exciting infrastructure projects in different phases of active development and construction. In an effort to update the public on progress, the City prepared the following overview of recent and planned activities.
New City Parks at Project Renaissance – A Groundbreaking Celebration
In 2012, the City of Dunwoody announced its partnership with John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods for the Project Renaissance redevelopment initiative, a high-quality owner-occupied residential development interwoven with retail development, three City parks and a multi-use trail.
To commemorate the start of work on the new City parks planned for Phase 1 of the project, the City is pleased to announce a celebratory groundbreaking event for Wednesday April 17, 2013. The ceremonial groundbreaking will be open to the public and begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Dunwoody Green site at the corner of Shallowford Road and Dunwoody Park. Additional event details will be provided in the coming week.
Brook Run Park Multi-Use Trail Construction Updates
Throughout the month, crews have been hard at work to carefully clear the trail path. Trail grading and leveling work will continue for the next several weeks and will be followed by final preparations for installation of the multi-use concrete trail.
A specimen American Beech tree, approximately 32 inches in diameter, was rumored to have been removed during construction. City inspectors, upon learning of the complaint, verified the specimen American Beech tree, identified and tagged as tree #675 in the Arborguard Tree Canopy Assessment, indeed still stands today (see photos below.)
City Code Compliance Official Tom LaPenna stands beside the specimen
American Beech tree, identified and tagged as tree #675.
Select trees within the trail construction limits originally slated for removal are now protected by “tree save” fencing. While initial estimates for tree removal were at 337, through the efforts of the City, the new estimate for trees to be removed stands at 225. This represents a 33 percent reduction in the number of trees removed for the construction of Phase 1 of the multi-use trail.
Brook Run Park is estimated to have 12,000 trees over 102 acres of property. The current phase of the multi-use trail necessitated the removal of just 225 trees, accounting for less than two percent of the entire tree count in the park.
All of the trees which were cleared have been mulched to provide for an environmentally friendly barrier between the silt fence to prevent further runoff and for future landscaping in and around the trail after completion.
City inspectors maintain vigorous site monitoring activity. The City continues to adhere to all EPD requirements regarding erosion, sedimentation and pollution control and remains in compliance with Georgia EPD regulations.
Brook Run Park Dog Park Relocation
The City Council appropriated funding in 2013 to relocate the Dog Park from its current location in Brook Run Park to an alternate location identified in the Parks and Open Space Master Plan. The City has recently awarded a design contract to Foresite Group to design the relocated dog park.
The new dog park will be roughly three acres and offer a mix of shade and open space for dogs and their owners to enjoy. The new dog park will incorporate strategically placed fencing to separate the dogs from the base of the trees and contain separate areas for large and small dogs.
The City will be hosting a public meeting in early spring 2013 where interested citizens and the Brook Run Dog Park Association can provide input into the final design of the relocated dog park with representatives from the City and Foresite Group.
Sidewalk and Paving Improvement Projects
Construction has begun on the new sidewalk on Womack Road across from Dunwoody Elementary School. The new sidewalks are enhancements included in the City’s sidewalk improvement plan and crews will be active over the coming months with planned sidewalk projects on Meadowlake Drive, as well as sections of Valley View and Happy Hollow roads. The completion of these sidewalk projects will add infrastructure benefits valued at more than $800,000.
The City will be repaving roads according to the long term paving schedule adopted by Council. Work will commence this summer after school is out of session. This year, the City is planning to invest over $2,000,000 in repaving roads throughout Dunwoody. You can review the City’s paving schedule on our website at http://www.dunwoodyga.gov/Departments/Public_Works/Paving.aspx.
Since 2009, the City has invested over $500,000 in sidewalk improvements and $5,000,000 repaving roads.
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