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Posted by on October 22, 2012.

New city parks on the horizon for Dunwoody

Landscape architects are finishing designs for four small parks Dunwoody city officials plan to start building in January.

Residents and City Council members recently reviewed preliminary designs for the parks planned for Project Renaissance, the city’s redevelopment plan for the Georgetown area. The city and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods are working together on the 35-acre, mixed-use development.

“We intend to meet all our deadlines and have this park up and running in 2013 for the benefit of our citizens,” City Manager Warren Hutmacher said. “These parks will be an enormous amenity for the city.”

Landscape architects Kimley-Horn and Associates have created eight designs for the parks, which have been made available to residents at public meetings, on the city’s website and at the Oct. 15 council meeting, where council members gave their opinions.

There are four concepts: a manicured city square; a family park with a playground; an active park with a band shell and a multipurpose field; and a natural wooded area for passive recreation. For several of the parks, the landscape architects presented several variations on the design.

The city solicited public opinions on the designs through its website. Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker said there hasn’t been a clear front-runner online, but people support the designs.

“What we’ve gotten so far has been positive,” said Walker. “People are excited about having the four different parks along this property.”

Walker said the landscape architects now will compress the feedback into designs that will be submitted to the city for approval so construction can begin.

He said the various parks will provide residents with options for recreation.

“Some people will enjoy going to the park because they want a more natural, quiet area to enjoy. Other people want to bring the kids to run around and play and be loud,” Walker said. “And of course it’s all tied together with the trail system, which is almost a park in itself.”

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