Sandy Springs will cut the ribbon on its newest park, the Marsh Creek Rain Garden Park on Johnson Ferry Road, on Dec. 6.

The park is a stormwater management pond that doubles as a park with a path, fountain and other amenities, partly because it will use plants to filter pollutants from stormwater. The unusual facility is a kind of pilot program the city may build elsewhere if it works well. It cost $4.6 million.

A city illustration of the Marsh Creek pond and park project.

The “Rain Garden” name is new, as the facility was planned as the “Marsh Creek Headwaters Bio-Retention” pond. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun said the name came from a “group brainstorm” as the original name didn’t reflect the park elements.

The park is at 100 Johnson Ferry Road, just north of Sandy Springs Circle in the downtown area, near the City Springs project. The ribbon-cutting will be at 11 a.m. on Dec. 6. Parking will be limited and nearby residents who want to attend are encouraged to walk.

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