Yesterday, District 8 Councilmember Yolanda Adrean circulated information regarding legislation that is under consideration by the Atlanta City Council related to Atlanta Memorial Park - Bobby Jones Golf Course. Please see the email correspondence from Councilmember Adrean further below.
Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC) is seeking to fully understand more about this pending legislation and potential beneficial impact to the park. In light of the recent announcement, we welcome the opportunity to fully engage with the State of Georgia to better understand this possible development.
AMPC remains focused and committed to our existing long-term goals and objectives. We will continue our public/private partnership with the City of Atlanta over the greenspace. Currently, AMPC is leading efforts to make immediate and lasting improvements to the following areas:
- watershed quality
- pedestrian safety and connectivity
- sewer issues and repairs
- greenspace restoration and preservation
- new and relocated playground
Importantly, your ongoing support and active involvement are key to these efforts. AMPC will follow back as soon as possible with updates. Please join AMPC in being engaged at this crucial time in our park and community’s future.
On behalf of the AMPC board, we are grateful for your continued support.
AMPC, Board President
AMPC, Executive Director
(May 16, 2016)
Dear District 8,
This afternoon, Councilmember CT Martin, on the behalf of the administration, introduced legislation for consideration by the Atlanta City Council that would transfer ownership of the Bobby Jones Golf Course and the city’s interest in the World of Coke to the state, as requested by the State of Georgia. As you know, conversations have been ongoing around this matter for some time. The introduction of this legislation today comes before many of us believed the conversation regarding the future ownership of Bobby Jones was resolved.
As your City Council representative, I have been and will continue to be a vocal advocate for our community’s interest in this vital public amenity. For instance, I have been working towards making sure the park is preserved and protected by way of a conservation easement that would ensure its use as a public park for future generations.
Based on my quick review of the legislation, it is my understanding that many of our suggested conditions have been included, including the conservation easement. Additionally, the State of Georgia intends to make significant investments in the property and golf course, including creating a driving range, a meeting space that the public may use and making renovations to the historic clubhouse. The administration is working on a FAQ sheet on the proposal and on setting up a public discussion to discuss it further. I will send out notice of the meeting as soon as the details are finalized.
I commit to you that I will work tirelessly to ensure that the state honors the legacy of Bobby Jones and works with our community towards making sure the golf course facility continues to serve all patrons as a premier public park and remains a gem in the District 8 community.
Councilmember Yolanda Adrean
District 8, Atlanta City Council
(404) 330-6051 (phone)
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Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 11609
Atlanta, GA 30355