The Dunwoody Nature Center will reopen Wildcat Creek to the public during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 10, at 5 p.m. The public is invited to join with local elected officials and restoration partners during the unveiling.

Wildcat Creek at the Dunwoody Nature Center. (Dunwoody Nature Center)

Restoration of the creek, damaged over the years through erosion, dates back to 2012 when the Nature Center and 21 other community partners invested $60,000 to “reinstate the meadow as Dunwoody’s central gathering place for communal learning and cultural activity,” according to a press release from the Nature Center. A $40,000 grant awarded in 2015 by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program began the process of restoring the creek, which is now complete.

The overall project design includes the creation of a bank full bench that serves as a flood plain terrace and amphitheater, allowing visitors a place to rest and learn while their families are experiencing Wildcat Creek. The final musical addition of a playable piece of public art from Play Me Again Pianos was installed at the site and completes the project.

Find the Nature Center’s full event calendar and other information at http://www.dunwoodynature.org

5 replies on “Dunwoody Nature Center reopens Wildcat Creek March 10”

  1. Congratulations Dunwoody! Job well done.

    Meanwhile, SandySprings has dedicated funds to a hole in the ground with a view of water from an underground spring. Long Island Creek, part of a protected watershed which feeds the Chattahoochee remains a mud filled disaster choked of life after years of development along it.

    Sandy Springs need to put together the funds and make them available to homeowners who’s property sits along the creek. Many of the new homes involved leveling ravine’s and installing retaining walls that block the flow of water into the creek, mud from the construction that flowed into the creek never removed and on and on….

    Again, nice to see that Dunwoody has brought a little bit of fresh water back.

  2. Overengineered and less natural than what was there. Stairs? Seriously. The rocks that were there were natural and fine. It was extremely nice, serene, and natural previously. Many changes appear to have transformed the main area into an unnatural area to be able to hold large amounts of folks. The land was given to all of us generously and was to remain serene, and natural. Walking paths have been very nice. Swing sets are embedded nicely all around. But main area is overdone. Stop trying to overdo it and trying to transform it into Chattahoochee Nature Center and work within its limitations. If the desired renovation of the main building is done, then we will have effectively overcommercialized the entire area with a 900 school, large elementary school being built there and then a large, new main home also (if built). That will be two large commercial buildings pretty close to each other in what was intended to be a quiet refuge for all provided by generosity of prior homeowners. The baseball field should have been given to the DNC to add acreage, the new baseball fields should have been built at Brook Run, and new Austin should have been rebuilt at current site (purchase nearby homes if needed to expand) – all of that would have added acreage and serenity to DNC. But alas, the area is getting overcommercialized which doesn’t make it better – just busier and less serene.

  3. The creek restoration project was intentionally designed to stop decades of erosion and pollution caused by stormwater. The scouring of the creek banks jeopardized the creek area, downstream property owners, and the Chattahoochee River itself which is fed, in part, from the creek. The rocks that were already in the creek were re-used in place to protect it. The flagstone stairs were added to prevent further creek bank erosion from human interaction climbing the banks. And, the entire project was vetted by the EPA, Georgia, DNR, and the city of Dunwoody using best management practices.

    Regarding other park improvements: while the park suited a small number of neighboring homeowners in the past, it is truly a gem that should be improved for the entire community and beyond. The Nature Center spent a year of planning with professional designers and community stakeholders to best determine the function of the 22 acres. The main area by the building is being specifically designated to be the cultural center of the park, while the majority of the woods, trails, and land will be “serene and natural.” That way, both those that want to participate in programs and those that want a place to get away from hustle and bustle can be accommodated.

    1. I am not a surrounding homeowner and enjoy using the park. It is condescending and erroneous to say that the park was a private enclave of neighbors. It has always been available to all including its programs. Regarding bringing in professionals, every planner will almost always advocate making something larger. This is the lens that they see things. A professional planner will look at downtown Dunw and want to put townhomes and apts to bring people in and way more retail. Even though it works the way it is – folks move in, love it, and hime prices go up. The prior President of Perimeter College wanted to turn it into a bigger, 4 year institution rather than leaving at is to serve the mission it does. A professional planner would look at Brook Run and want to rip it ip and put all sorts of facilities there. A professional engineer would look at every intersection in Dunw and want to redo all of them, widen the heck out of them, which would cost millions for each intersection. Another planner would advocate widening all roads in Dunw to multilane so traffic flows better (it would invite more traffic). Some ideas have merit but we risk overdoing some things and erroneously call it progress.

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