Westview’s multipurpose, Beltline-connected front door could one day be Enota Park, but for now it remains a .3-acre playlot, the only green space within walking distance for nearby residents.
But efforts to significantly expand Enota Park are moving forward, following the announcement of a federal grant last summer.
Beltline officials have selected a design firm, Peachtree Corners-based engineers Pond & Co., to beef up the park to more than eight acres, or about half the size of Historic Fourth Ward Park. As is, it’s little more than a playground surrounded by woods.
When finished, Enota Park will be bounded by Interstate 20 to the north, the Westside Trail to the east, Lucile Avenue to the south, and Enota Place to the west.
Pond & Co. will be introduced at a Southwest Study Group meeting at 6 p.m. this evening at Calvary United Methodist Church, officials said.
One of the original 13 jewels in the Beltline’s emerald necklace vision, Enota Park was the recipient of a $600,000 grant in July from the U.S. Department of the Interior, through a national program meant to plan, build, and expand parks and recreation spaces in underserved communities.
Before that, momentum for the park expansion had come when The Trust for Public Land acquired about four more acres via six different properties a few years ago.
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.
No timeline for the park enhancements has been specified.