Residents living in the Pine Hills neighborhood will have access to more green space after the city of Atlanta develops a 2.54-acre tract along Lenox Road.

The city of Atlanta announced on Feb. 20 it will purchase the land from The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to preserving areas for recreational use.

The city’s cost will be $1.2 million, including environmental studies and closing costs. A city press release describes the property as “treed, with mature stands of bamboo, and has a creek running through it.”

It is within walking distance of Pine Hills and the Lenox Road Corridor, the city said.

Additional green space is a top priority for District 7 City Councilman Howard Shook. The park will be in Shook’s district. A 2008 study found District 7 had the fewest parks per capita of any district in the city.

“This is a huge step forward in our effort to have everyone in Buckhead live or work within a 10-minute walk to a park,” Shook said in the press release.

The property is located at 3162 Lenox Road. Money to purchase it will come from the city’s park impact fees. There is a home on the property that the city will have to demolish. The park’s development will go through a planning process with residents before it officially opens, the city said.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.