Save the Trees of Grant Park, Inc., a new grassroots organization, has formed to protest the decision to cut down 250 mature trees in the park to make way for a new parking deck and the expansion of Zoo Atlanta. A public meeting on the Grant Park Gateway will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. at Georgia Hill Library, 250 Georgia Ave., and members of the organization said they would be in attendance and encouraged the community to attend as well.

The Gateway will be a combination underground parking deck topped by a “green roof,” a community greenspace for events and activities, when it is complete. The Grant Park Conservancy, which supports the project, has weighed in on the issue with a lengthy post at its website outlining why the Gateway project will benefit the neighborhood.

But Save the Trees of Grant Park says the project was forced on residents and will eliminate the shady oasis the park has become. A Change.org petition to save the trees has nearly reached its 5,000 signature goal. To learn more about Save the Trees of Grant Park, visit www.savethetreesgp.org.
 
A rendering of the Grant Park Gateway.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

4 replies on “Grassroots organization forms to save Grant Park trees”

  1. Residents of Grant Park need to understand how City Council Rep Smith has sold out the park to an expanding zoo. New representation is needed on city council.. Someone who will advocate for park space rather than try to sell a bad deal as some kind of grand gateway. This is all about the zoo making more money, taking more park land and exerting more control on public park land.

  2. Residents of Grant Park need to understand how City Council Rep Smith has sold out the park to an expanding zoo. New representation is needed on city council.. Someone who will advocate for park space rather than try to sell a bad deal as some kind of grand gateway. This is all about the zoo making more money, taking more park land and exerting more control on public park land.

  3. Agreed! Carla has been ducking and dodging her constituents’ questions and inquires. She even cancelled her public meet and greet that was scheduled the weekend after the city council met so she didn’t have to answer the hard questions. It’s funny to see people with Save the Trees signs and a Carla sign in their yard. Carla ain’t saving the trees ya’ll, duh! She voted Yes for the parking lot.

  4. Agreed! Carla has been ducking and dodging her constituents’ questions and inquires. She even cancelled her public meet and greet that was scheduled the weekend after the city council met so she didn’t have to answer the hard questions. It’s funny to see people with Save the Trees signs and a Carla sign in their yard. Carla ain’t saving the trees ya’ll, duh! She voted Yes for the parking lot.

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