A Message to Engage from GPNA VP Matt Josey
Greetings Grove Park Family,
Westside Reservoir Park (commonly known as Quarry Park) will eventually be the largest municipal park in the city of Atlanta. As a neighborhood, Grove Park comprises the entire southern border of the Park.
Yesterday, the Department of Park’s and Recreation and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership broke ground for the Park, which will mark the beginning of Phase I of the sites development. Phase I will entail data collection and site clearing to prepare the way for future Park construction.
The Grove Park Neighborhood Association, representing our community, was not engaged or directly notified of the City’s intent to host a groundbreaking this week, nor were we engaged in planning leading up to this first phase of the Park’s development.
Although the leadership team from the Park’s Department came to present at our meeting this past Tuesday, there was no promise of consistent community engagement moving forward, and there are still many unanswered questions as to what this Phase I site clearing will entail and how it may impact our neighborhood.
While the design of the park and the timeline of its development are still up in the air, the scale of this park and timeline of its development are still up in the air, the scale of this park will impact the landscape of our neighborhood in coming years and decades, and it’s imperative that Grove Park residents remain engaged and alert of developments around Quarry Park.
The GPNA board is committed to engaging with holding accountable the City for engaging our community in the development of this Park, and we promise to make every effort to get representation and updates from Parks and Rec at future meetings. We encourage all Grove Park residents to voice any concerns or comments to us so that we can in turn voice them to the City on the community’ behalf. Leave your feedback here or email to firstname.lastname@example.org here
Vice President/Environmental Committee Chair