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We have some recent news to share with you regarding the status of Bobby Jones Golf Course and Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.
On November 1, 2016, the City of Atlanta and State of Georgia completed the transaction to transfer ownership of the land on the east side of Northside Drive, including the Bobby Jones Golf Course and Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, to the State.
In a long-term leaseback to the City of Atlanta, the tennis center will continue its operations under the management of Universal Tennis Academy. For the golf course, the State has entered into a long-term license agreement with a newly formed group called the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation (the “Foundation”). The Foundation has entered into a short-term contract with Mosaic Clubs & Resorts to manage the existing course while the Foundation raises funds for the future golf course renovations. The Foundation anticipates closing the golf course for renovation in late 2017. At that time, the City of Atlanta will begin its long-term leaseback from the State for the existing golf clubhouse, the future use of which is to be decided.
Based upon the Foundation’s recent press release and publicly shared plans, the Foundation will be responsible for raising the funds to redevelop the golf course into a nine-hole reversible course with a practice facility and junior golf links. The Foundation’s renovation plans also include a new golf clubhouse, golf house for golf association offices and historic golf memorabilia, and a parking facility to service both the golf and tennis facilities.
The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC) is pleased to see elements of its original master plan incorporated into the Foundation’s plans. One of those elements is the completion of AMPC's envisioned multi-use PATH loop around the golf course. In September of 2016, Council Member Adrean secured $2.2 million in funding from the City of Atlanta to complete the 10-foot wide PATH loop and new pedestrian bridge at Bobby Jones Golf Course. Working in partnership with the PATH Foundation, the City of Atlanta will construct the connectivity component of this project which will significantly improve pedestrian and bicycle access in and around Atlanta Memorial Park.
An advocate for connectivity, safety, sustainability, green space, and watershed improvements, AMPC looks forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders of Atlanta Memorial Park so that the future improvements will benefit the Atlanta community to the fullest extent possible.
Moving forward, AMPC will continue its ongoing efforts and committed focus on three key areas within Atlanta Memorial Park – green space, watershed and connectivity. Through the help and involvement of our constituents and supporters, AMPC has achieved several meaningful objectives, including but not limited to public funding for sidewalks and trails within Atlanta Memorial Park, funding and installation of a new playground, plus positive attention and significant improvements to the sewer and watershed infrastructure affecting Memorial Park.
About the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy:
Founded in 2011, Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy’s mission is to restore, enhance and preserve Atlanta Memorial Park, making it a beautiful, connected and sustainable urban green space for the enjoyment of all.
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