A tiny park near Westview Cemetery and Interstate 20 has been earmarked for a significant boost from the federal government that will link it with the Atlanta Beltline’s forthcoming Westside Trail.
One of the original 13 jewels in the Beltline’s emerald necklace vision, Enota Park is little more than a wee playground surrounded by dense woods right now. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, that’s going to change.
The feds recently announced that $600,000 will be awarded to Atlanta through a national program meant to plan, build, and beef up parks and recreation spaces in underserved communities.
The local project will transform a vacant, wooded, 1.5-acre property adjacent to Enota Park into a multi-purpose play field, playground, and entry plaza for bicyclists and pedestrians on the Westside Trail, officials said. It’s part of a $13.3-million grant to assist 22 cities in 17 states, from Alaska to Connecticut.
No timeline for the park enhancements was specified.
Enota Park has been but a tiny, .3-acre playlot for ages—the only park within walking distance for nearby residents—but momentum came when The Trust for Public Land acquired about four more acres via six different properties a few years ago, according to that agency.
Westview’s community page describes the project as becoming the neighborhood’s gateway once complete, offering a full-size basketball court, multiple playgrounds, community garden, restored creek bed, and event lawn.
Read more about long-range plans for Enota Park over here.