Dunwoody City Council members gathered to discuss ideas for the parks planned for Project Renaissance at a special called meeting Aug. 15.
Kimley-Horn and Associates, which won the bid to perform the landscape architecture for Project Renaissance, asked council members to share their vision for the parks and trails to be included in the Georgetown redevelopment project.
The project is a partnership with John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods and is to include homes, businesses, parks and possibly a municipal complex on 35 acres along North Shallowford Road.
Eric Bosman of Kimley-Horn and Associates said the meeting was important to “narrow the goal posts” and hone in on the council members’ priorities.
City Council is scheduled to approve the final concept designs by late October, he said, so it’s important to start planning.
“It’s a pretty aggressive schedule,” Bosman said.
Council members agreed that they want to make sure the parks are welcoming to the public and don’t get confused with neighborhood amenities for the John Wieland homes.
Councilman Doug Thompson suggested having a signature focal point.
“I think every park, no mater how big or how small, needs to have a focal point to take pictures,” Thompson said. “It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it has to say this is the park we’re at.”
Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said a small splash park or fountain would be a good feature for young kids in the summer.
“I think we are a community of young families,” she said. “That’s an amenity the community is going to like and enjoy.”