Dunwoody city officials redesigned a planned 5-acre park on North Shallowford Road to include more places to play basketball and a water feature. More changes are likely after recent city discussions.

Dunwoody city officials continue public debates over what features should go into a new, 5-acre park planned for North Shallowford Road.

After a public meeting Nov. 19 and a discussion at the November meeting of Dunwoody City Council, consultants redraw the park’s preliminary plans to add areas to play basketball, to reduce the size of the playground and to change a proposed amphitheater into a band shell.

“We’re taken all the comments from the council and the public and tried to address all that,” city Parks and Recreation Manager Brent Walker told council members.

The new design includes a basketball court and two half-court basketball areas instead of the single multi-use court originally proposed. It also added a fountain or water play area.

At Dunwoody City Council’s Dec. 9 meeting, some council members suggested more revisions to the plan for the park at North Shallowford and Pernoshal Court.

Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch suggested removing the water play area, which she originally had promoted. “I don’t think that, given the needs in other areas of the city, this is the best use of city funds …,” she said. “The more I have thought about this place, the more I’d like to see activities. I’d really like my splash pad, but I don’t want it here. We’re spending an awful lot of money in one section of the city.

City officials propose to build the 5-acre park as part of the redevelopment project known as Project Renaissance. The 35-acre project in the Georgetown area of the city includes housing, shops and parks.

Councilman Terry Nall proposed that the city develop a list of priorities for its parks so council members would know what residents wanted included in the park. “The bigger problem we have tonight is we don’t have priorities,” Nall said. “We’re here tonight to decide what is the unmet priority. … It’s not clear to me what is the unmet priority we’re meeting here.”

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