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well-timed real estate transactions.
In 2014, Sharp was awarded a
$100,000 grant from Park Pride, a
local nonprofit supporting community
park initiatives, to purchase
two flood-prone properties to hold
in trust for a new park. This initial
investment was key in attracting city
funding to purchase adjacent land
through the sustained efforts of The
Conservation Fund, the city's land
acquisition partner. These first two
lots are now part of a new nine-acre
park that will provide the first public
river access in City of Atlanta.
After providing seed funding for
these investments, Park Pride also
brought community and municipal
partners together for park planning.
After a six-month process of civic
engagement, led by our small-butmighty
park visioning division, we
recently published a comprehensive
vision plan for this new park
along lower Paul Avenue, bringing
further attention to the potential of
Atlanta's riverfront.
City of Atlanta officials continue
to play a key role in this effort.
In 2018, the Department of City
Planning prioritized an ambitious
new approach to the Chattahoochee
River in its comprehensive planning
document, The Atlanta City
Design: Aspiring to the Beloved Community
(tinyurl.com/3csc37ue).
Rather
than displacing riverside industry
(which is valuable to Atlanta's
economy), the city envisions
an approach of conservation and
park and trail development that
will " create a wild, adventurous
riverfront that provides a welcome
change of pace in the city. " Working
directly with the community,
the city is making good on this vision
with public funding directed
toward strategic park acquisitions
that are responsive to community
priorities, including the recent purchase
of Chattahoochee Brick.
All this investment and energy
surrounding Atlanta's riverfront
also feeds into a larger regional effort
led by The Trust for Public
Land. Called the Chattahoochee
Riverlands, this project will connect
communities to the river along a
100-mile stretch of " continuous public
realm " (tinyurl.com/3pts6zje).
Published in 2020 after two years of
public engagement and input from
more than 80 government and community
partners, the plan offers a bold
new vision for regional connectivity.
On that drizzly May morning by
the river, I asked Sharp to reflect on
the community's many years of efAll
this investment and energy
surrounding Atlanta's riverfront
also feeds into a larger regional
effort led by The Trust for
Public Land.
fort amid all this new momentum.
With a smile, he responded that he
used to think of the project as a giant
puzzle with huge pieces, which are
beginning to feel more like a line of
dominoes waiting to fall into place.
Though he's grateful that more
neighbors can enjoy the results, he's
quick to add that his efforts of conserving
Atlanta's riverfront won't be
ending any time soon.
Andrew White, PLA, is Director of Park Visioning
at Park Pride (andrew@parkpride.org).
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