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Strong Visions Sought for New Buckhead Park

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If Atlanta's experiencing a green-space epoch, Buckhead wants to be part of it, as plans are moving forward on the Ga. 400 Trail and a lesser-known project called the Mountain Way Common. The common will join a handful of parks linked by the trail, which is slated to break ground next year. Since 2009, a diligent troupe of volunteers has been clearing trash, kudzu and privet from the future park site, but leaders want community involvement to ramp up more beginning next week. Lest we forget the "Beverly Hills of the East" has been dogged for having the least amount of green-space in Atlanta.

The North Buckhead Civic Association will create the 8-acre park on Mountain Way, beneath the Ga. Highway 400 overpass — basically due west of Brookhaven.

Leaders say community input is key to honing the visioning process. As such, four meetings have been scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of St. James Church. The dates are: Feb. 12; March 12; April 16 and May 7.

"Park Visioning" is a signature program offered by Park Pride. The group has completed 28 "Visioning Plans" for 28 different parks throughout the City of Atlanta and Dekalb County, helping communities raise more than $10 million.

Becky Katz, Park Pride visioning coordinator, tells Curbed Atlanta that Mountain Way Common and Jennie Drake Park (in northwest Atlanta) are the 29th and 30th communities participating in the visioning program.

· 4 'visioning' meetings set for N.Buckhead greenspace [BuckheadView]
· Mountainway Common [About]