The City of Atlanta and Chastain Park Conservancy will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of construction of the new Chastain Park Tennis Center on Thursday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. at the tennis center (southeast corner of Powers Ferry Road and Wieuca Road). Mayor Kasim Reed, members of the City Council, and Board members of the Conservancy are expected to attend and the community is invited to attend.

The new Chastain Tennis Center is one of the first of the major capital improvements set forth in the 2008 Master Plan approved by the City Council during the Franklin administration.  The Astra Group will serve as contractor, and construction is projected to be complete in July 2010. The center’s tennis courts will be resurfaced but will remain open during construction and temporary offices will be established on site.

Consistent with the 2008 Master Plan’s emphasis on sustainability, the City has applied for certification of the tennis center as an Earthcraft building meaning it reaches certain criteria as a green, energy efficient building and is similar to a LEED certification.  SouthFace will conduct periodic inspections during construction to be able to grant the Earthcraft certification to the City on completion. The Conservancy will assist the replanting of new trees to replace those damaged or removed due to construction.

The Chastain Park Conservancy and the PATH foundation will coordinate the slight rerouting of the PATH at the corner of Powers Ferry and Wieuca Road to ensure safety during construction.  If you are coming to Chastain Park to walk or play tennis, the Conservancy would like to encourage you to park in the Red Lot (corner of Powers Ferry and Stella at the amphitheatre) and walk down to the courts to keep as much traffic out of the intersection as possible. Please use caution and look for new signs directing pedestrians in this area. For more information, please contact the Executive Director of the Chastain Park Conservancy, Gip Johnston at (404) 237-2177.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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