As one of the densest cities in Georgia (22,000 population over 4.2 square miles), only 2.1 percent of Decatur’s land is used for parks, or 4.12 percent counting the city cemetery. The UMCH tract is larger than Decatur’s two biggest parks, Glenwood and the city cemetery, combined.
“Monday night is a big deal,” Merriss said. “For the first time we’ll get to see some tangible results. For anyone involved in the purchase of that property, this is one of the highlights of our careers. But it’s not unrealistic to say the full build-out could take 15 to 20 years.”