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11/22/2013Residents Share Feedback on New Park Design


Over 70 residents and community members packed into the Parish Hall at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday, November 19 to learn about the city’s new 5-acre park planned for the corner of North Shallowford Road and Pernoshal Court.


The new 5-acre park is part of the city’s larger redevelopment initiative, Project Renaissance, and will be the latest addition to the city’s seven parks and 150+ acres of green space.


As they entered, attendees were invited to review and discuss the new park concept, provide feedback to city staff and take part in a presentation about the new park.


The park design concept presented to the community included: two children’s playgrounds, picnic pavilion, amphitheater, an open sports field and sports court outfitted for basketball and other hard court games.


Along the periphery of the room, several easels displaying large park design renderings were staged to lead visitors from station to station, illustrate the park, its features, location, and future amenities.


Attendees shared many common ideas, questions, and select points including potential noise from the amphitheater, overall use of the play fields, parking and storm water.


During the open question and answer session, Public Works Director Michael Smith and City Manager Warren Hutmacher addressed each inquiry and provided context and background behind the park’s proposed layout and design.


At the conclusion of the meeting city staff collected over 35 comment cards and engaged in two hours of productive dialog between citizens.  The next step in the park’s evolution includes a review of the ideas, feedback and concerns presented by residents at the meeting and sent via email to the city.


The final concept and design revisions will be presented to City Council at its meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013.

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