Editor’s note: this article has been changed to reflect updated information from the city of Sandy Springs.

The city has delayed plans to open a city park featuring art that doubles as playground equipment.

The “playable art” park was expected to open before the end of this year as part of the Abernathy Greenway Linear Park on Abernathy Road. City spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said the city won’t have a definitive opening date until construction begins.

“The change in timing was due to a number of factors,” Kraun said. “One sizeable impact is the inclusion of the restrooms and pavilion in what is termed, ‘Phase Four.’ Originally, these elements were not a part of this phase of construction.”

Kraun said the City Council plans to award a contract for the Phase Four construction in January which means construction could begin in March. The bathrooms were added to the project with the expectation the playable art would be a runaway success and draw crowds of people.

In July, artists began installation of a dragonfly sculpture, the first of several pieces that were selected for the park as part of a contest. Northside Hospital is paying for the project, working through the Sandy Springs Conservancy.

The conservancy is rearranging its schedule to accommodate the latest completion date, Executive Director Linda Bain said.

“We’re working with our artists on a revised fabrication and delivery schedule, and, of course, we can’t wait until everything is done and the park is opened to the public,” Bain said. “Of course, we all wish it was sooner rather than later.”

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com