This makes me nervous… Next public meeting scheduled to further Mason Mill Park redevelopment plans

Why do Mason Mill redevelopment plans make me nervous? Since 1988, master plans have been in the works to transform this beautiful swath of woods in Decatur into, more or less, a generic playground. Mason Mill Park (and its sibling parks, Ira B. Melton and Medlock Park) is one of Atlanta’s last and largest standing forests and an ideal nature preserve. I love these woods (as do many of my Medlock and Clairmont Heights neighbors) and do not need to see trees torn down for a running track or soccer field or pavilions. We’ve already seen enough damage with the installation of the one mile concrete and boardwalk “trail” installed by the PATH Foundation to the chagrin of much of the community two years ago (I’m still holding onto a small bit of hope that it will connect further intown some day).

But enough of my pessimism, the plans to redevelop the “day use area” of Mason Mill Park show great promise. The day use area includes the current tennis courts, dog park, and fitness circle at the end of McConnell Drive (see a map here). This area seems to be the main focus for now (so I will save my energy for fighting to save the woods later) and I like the incorporation of more features while not losing the heart of the park’s value with the tennis courts and senior community center.  With playgrounds, picnic shelters, refurbished buildings, a community garden, water quality pond, a trail to the new library, and grassy, pervious surface parking lots, the new features have potential to revitalize the park.

Mason Mill Park redevelopment plans - suggested plan for day use area

Click the image for a detailed view of plan one for the Mason Mill Park day use area!

Mason Mill Park redevelopment plans - suggested plan for day use area

And click the image here for a detailed view of the second proposed plan for the Mason Mill Park redevelopment!

Want to weigh in your two cents? DeKalb Parks and Recreation is holding the next public information meeting regarding the redevelopment of Mason Mill Park next month.

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One Response to “This makes me nervous… Next public meeting scheduled to further Mason Mill Park redevelopment plans”
  1. Eli Dickerson posted on facebook:
    I TOTALLY agree with you! We need to see the value in these forests and encourage kids and adults to explore in them just like we do!! And guess what- NO IMPROVEMENTS ARE NEEDED- the forest is already there. I’m going out there ASAP to do some tree surveys and help “prove” how valuable this tract is.

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