Tourism and commerce without question will surge when the COSF becomes a destination for family outings, entertainment and healthy activities centered on a robust network of historic sites, art galleries, events and festivals that showcase art in all its glorious forms.
In addition to the economic benefits, arts and culture enrich, nourish and educate people of all ages and help build tolerance by celebrating differences, instead of creating silos around sameness.
We are developing comprehensive plans to form a holistic system of amenities that will help our residents grow, thrive and prosper in Georgia’s fifth-largest city.
Too much is at stake to formulate the plan in a vacuum. The thrust to make the City of South Fulton a reality was driven, in part, by a desire to create a government that is truly reflective of the people. That’s why citizen involvement in developing the master plan is as crucial as the plan itself.
Soon after the formal public launch of the planning process in January 2020, we will establish a citizen’s steering committee to facilitate public engagement. Community meetings and design charrettes designed to share information and put ideas on paper will be held.
Vision 2020 also will include recommendations on renovations, repairs and equipment needed for arts, parks and recreation centers.
Now that the secret about the City of South Fulton is out – that we’re a prosperous city where residents enjoy urban, suburban and rural living; affordable homes on sprawling, wooded lots; and easy access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – expanding our arts and culture offerings will give people another compelling reason to live, work, play and visit.
Tony M. Phillips is director of the City of South Fulton’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs.