It’s hard out there for the dogs of Buckhead.
At least, that’s what a tactical survey implies by Buckhead Redefined, a strategic planning initiative for the area.
According to responses to a recent questionnaire asking locals to weigh in on what’s important, there seems to be an "unrepresented population" of canines in the well-to-do community — an estimated 37,000 of them.
"Needless to say," states a newsletter sent out to those interested, "that translates to significant interest in dog parks and amenities."
Another finding: 82 percent of respondents "either like or love" (Facebook, you have devoured culture) the Park over GA 400 design concept.
What Park over GA400, you ask?
Detailed plans emerged in late summer for a potential park that would cap Ga. Highway 400 near Lenox Square.
According to a release from Buckhead CID officials, the proposed open space in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial core aims to create "a world class" area "that would not only become a great community gathering place, but also help to further shape Buckhead's identity – much like other iconic urban places, including Central Park, Millennium Park, and Union Square."
The design for the Park over GA 400 aims to make strategic connections to enhance the district's vibrancy, and is tailored to Piedmont Road topography, direct MARTA access, and an expansion of the commercial and cultural opportunities present in Buckhead today.
The initial design has three distinct zones: the Commons, the Plaza, and the Gardens. Each zone aims to accommodate a range of activities and events.
The nearly half-mile-long park could feature lawns and pavilions, too.
And, judging by the results of this recent survey, lots of barking.
- Buckhead Redefined [website]