By Amy Wenk

The design for Buckhead’s newest park, a 5-acre tract off Collier Road and Overbrook Drive, has been finalized.

At its Dec. 3 meeting, Neighborhood Planning Unit C (NPU-C) unanimously approved the Howard Property Master Plan, developed this summer by a 15-person committee. It coordinates more than $200,000 in park improvements, including the reforestation of the property and the installation of granite walls, with the construction of the BeltLine trail.

The only change from the draft presented at the Nov. 4 NPU-C meeting was the exclusion of a traffic study that hadn’t been approved.

Pat Katz, the principal landscape architect for the city’s park design office, announced that legislation to name the park after Louise G. Howard will go before the Atlanta City Council at the same time as the master plan.

In related news, a $25,000 Park Pride Community Grant was awarded for improvements to the Howard Property on Nov. 21.

The Collier Hills and Collier Hills North civic associations, as well as the Cherokee Garden Club, worked to obtain the grant for such items as gazebos, picnic tables and benches.

The grant will pay for about half the $51,000 project. The rest will come from fundraising, including $5,000 from the neighborhood itself.

The property was the home of the late Jim and Louise Howard. The city acquired it about two years ago because it connects Tanyard Creek Park and the Bobby Jones Golf Course.