The new Mason Mill Park redevelopment plan breaks ground
This past Saturday, Mason Mill Park officially broke ground on the renovation master plans for our new park. Not only is it exciting to have this Atlanta tennis landmark revamped and improved, but I’m definitely looking forward to the future bridge connecting the controversial PATH Foundation’s trail to Mason Mill Park – and to Emory and beyond. I have not been a fan of the PATH trail (connecting Medlock Park to Mason Mill Park) for several reasons (the destruction of pristine forest ranking high on the list), including the “path to nowhere” refrain that reverberated through our neighborhood. If PATH could connect the trail to places beyond two parks located only one mile apart, I could more easily get on board, but a few major roadblocks have stood in the way – one them being the CSX railroad tracks that the proposed bridge will now fly over, so I’m happier about that.
Here is the update I received from my Laurel Ridge yahoo group:
The county has officially selected a contractor for construction to improve the day-use area of Mason Mill Park (30033). The construction costs, not to exceed $2.1 million, will be funded by the county parks bond.
The improvements include a full-scale play area, new dog park, relocated parking spaces, and improved storm water management. The day-use construction is the first phase of a $7 million master plan for the entire park. To see the plans for the day-use area and the entire park, see links at the bottom. The plans reflect the consensus of county citizens at five public meetings from September 2008 to February 2010.
In conjunction with the day-use renovations, PATH has contracted for a path over the railroad tracks in Mason Mill Park in order to connect that park to Medlock Park.
I try to attend the Mason Mill meetings whenever possible, so I’ll be sure to keep you updated as I find out more.
To check out Mason Mill Park, visit 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur 30033-3539. To stroll in the woods, continue on McConnell until it deadends into a gravel parking lot, where you can follow a walking trail into the woods, across the railroad tracks, across Burnt Fork Creek, and into the woods.