The Chastain Park Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, The Galloway School, and the Northside Youth Organization will host a groundbreaking ceremony for for the Hilltop Meadow on Thursday, April 8, at 9 .m. The ceremony is open to the public

The Hilltop Meadow is located at the far north end of Chastain Park and is most easily accessed by parking along Park Drive. The Hilltop Meadow is part of the Master Plan for Chastain Park approved by the City Council in the previous administration (see chastainparkconservancy.org for the full Master Plan).

The Hilltop Meadow was formerly the offices and storage area for Theatre of the Stars. The metal building and deteriorating parking area will be removed and replaced with two fields. With a bow toward greater sustainability, the new parking area will be revised with a gravel driveway and marked grassy areas for parking places. One field will not be programmed and will be available for use by park patrons at all times. The second field will be partially programmed certain times of the year to support athletics for Galloway and NYO.

The proposed green space will include 86 new native trees for Chastain Park. The new trees will create a natural buffer between Galloway and the new fields as well as a buffer between the fields and the surrounding neighborhood. The trees will also enhance the appearance of the park with more color in the fall and more blooms in the spring. In addition, new trail lighting will enhance security and safety in this area of the park.

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.