A 1.55-acre former school site on Buckhead’s Loridans Drive has been purchased as parkland to go along with the nearby PATH400 multi-use trail.

The $175,000 purchase of the former D.F. McClatchey Elementary School property was brokered by Livable Buckhead, the nonprofit creating PATH400, in coordination with the city of Atlanta and City Councilmember Howard Shook. The school was demolished for the creation of the Ga. 400 highway. The property is adjacent to another park space, the historic 1-acre Lowery-Stephens Cemetery.

“The combination of the McClatchey acreage and Lowery-Stephens Cemetery opens up some exciting opportunities for activating this area in a way that honors Buckhead history while keeping the forested buffer for the adjacent neighbors,” said Denise Starling, Livable Buckhead’s executive director, in a press release. “We’re looking forward to working with the surrounding neighborhood to develop a vision for what can be accomplished here.”

Livable Buckhead has made parkland creation a key part of PATH400 in line with the “Buckhead Collection” plan that calls for adding 106 acres of parkland to the neighborhood. Starling said about 40 acres have been added in so far in acquisitions made through Livable Buckhead as well as other organizations.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.