N. Fulton city purchases 58 acres of park land for $8.9 million

Quail Hollow has been purchased by Johns Creek to turn it into park land.

Quail Hollow has been purchased by Johns Creek to turn it into park land.

Johns Creek now owns more than 400 acres of available park land.

The city announced in a release on Wednesday that it had completed the purchase for land at Quail Hollow. The property covers about 58 acres and the final purchase price was $8.915 million. The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit land advocate group, contributed $1 million towards the cost of the purchase.

This is the sixth recent park land acquisition for the city, and five of those were acquired in the past two years.

“I am very excited about this land purchase and the increased recreational and open space opportunity it provides to our residents,” Johns Creek mayor Mike Bodker said in a statement. “The city council was eager to continue efforts to address Johns Creek’s growing park needs and was able to do so with this valuable piece of property at a reasonable price.”

Quail Hollow will be combined with the nearby 133-acre Cauley Creek property – which was purchased in 2016 – to form the largest city park in Johns Creek. Both properties are located along the Chattahoochee River near the Abbotts Bridge Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

The city says the purchase will allow officials to further plan for a multi-use trail system along the Chattahoochee River as well.

The Quail Hollow purchase is “mostly wooded and lends itself to a mostly passive purpose,” which gives the city an opportunity to address additional community needs and preserve greenspace, the city says.

The city says this acquisition is part of the Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan, which was approved by the city council in 2015. The plan was developed following a five-month process that included extensive community outreach and input from more than 1,500 people.

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