Atlanta’s departments of Watershed Management and Public Works recently cooperated on fighting erosion and drainage problems that threatened one end of Vermont Park in the city’s Brookhaven area, located just off Peachtree Road on Vermont Road.

It seemed that a concrete storm drain at the south end of the park, a memorial area with benches and plantings, and a concrete neighborhood marker column were at risk of caving into a drainage area, much like a sinkhole.

There also was a drainage problem at the north end of the park that the city had tried to fix.

A city engineer discovered that the stormwater system on both ends of the park had collapsed.

The Atlanta city recently replaced storm pipe under the roadway on both ends of the park and replaced eight catch basin structures and headwalls.

According to city officials, the project is essentially completed, and the park is not expected to wash away.

— John Schaffner