Atlanta to buy land for new park in northwest Atlanta

A new park is coming to a northwest Atlanta neighborhood after the city agreed to buy land from The Conservation Fund, a national organization rooted in conserving U.S. land to sell to agencies for public use.

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A new park is coming to a northwest Atlanta neighborhood after the city agreed to buy land from The Conservation Fund, a national organization rooted in conserving U.S. land to sell to agencies for public use.

A new park is coming to a northwest Atlanta neighborhood after the city agreed to buy land from The Conservation Fund, a national organization rooted in conserving U.S. land to sell to agencies for public use.

City Council approved the purchase of a nearly half-acre park located on 1237 Holly Street at its meeting last week. The city will buy the land for $204,589. The park will sit in the Home Park neighborhood.

This is the city’s latest purchase from The Conservation Fund. Earlier this year, the city purchased land from the organization for a food forest — the first in Georgia and the largest in the United States.

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The city is also one step closer to acquiring two properties for the new 16-acre Rodney Cook Sr. Park currently being built in the Vine City neighborhood.

At last week’s Council meeting, the city approved funding to purchase two properties on Elm Street for $600,000. The properties were among six on the street the city needed to develop the $40 million park, which has been in the works since July 2012.

The park will have 18 sculptures memorializing civil rights heroes, including Martin Luther King Jr., former Georgia lawmaker Julian Bond, and former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson.

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