With the go-ahead from the Atlanta City Council, municipal leaders this week announced the purchase of nearly 13 acres of Southwest Atlanta land that’s slated to become a new park.
The move makes good on a goal Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms established during her 2017 campaign—that every Neighborhood Planning Unit would have its own park. (This parcel is located in NPU-Q, a few miles southwest of downtown.)
“Adding these acres into the city’s parks and green space inventory further helps ensure our commitment to providing all residents of Atlanta a green and equitable city that allows for healthy recreation opportunities,” Bottoms said in a press release.
Located at 4391 Danforth Road, in the Cascade area, the property had been owned by The Conservation Fund, a Virginia-based environmental nonprofit.
The city is expected to close on the purchase in the second quarter of this year. A purchase price wasn’t specified.
Atlanta has been lauded in the past for its livability, thanks in part to abundant green space. But some intown areas, such as Southwest Atlanta and the Westside, have long been starved for public parkland, according to the Trust for Public Land.
The 12.42-acre purchase, however, represents one of the largest green space buys in the area’s history, officials said.
Once the city officially takes over the park, the Department of Parks and Recreation will maintain it. At least 10 acres of mature trees on the property will be protected, and the parks department is expected to provide other amenities for neighborhood residents.