Garden Hills Pool
An artist’s rendering of the new Garden Hills pool house, which will be named after the late Dan Martin, who was instrumental in revitalizing a nearby park.

Garden Hills Pool and Park Association plans to name its new pool house to honor the late Dan Martin.

Martin, a florist who died in 2011 at the age of 81, was instrumental in rejuvenation efforts for nearby Sunnybrook Park.

Garden Hills resident Bob Schneider said he was glad to hear that the building would bear the Buckhead florist’s name. He described Martin as a man about whom, “story after story” can be told of people he has helped, while refusing even the smallest recognition.

“I can’t think of a better person to name this building after,” said Schneider. “I know he’d roll over in his grave if he knew this was being named after him, and I’m fine with that.”

Garden Hills Park and Pool Association President Dave Kirshtein told the December meeting of Buckhead’s NPU-B that Martin’s estate has donated $100,000 toward construction of the new pool house.

Kirshtein said the association has secured $400,000 of the estimated $750,000 cost for construction of the building. In addition to the Martin estate’s donation, Kirshtein said the city of Atlanta and Atlanta Park Pride have committed funds to the project.

In accordance with the way the rest of the public park is currently administered, the proposed Dan Martin pool house will be donated to the city after its construction and then leased back to the Garden Hills Pool and Park Association.