Elizabeth Hollister of the Upper Westside Community District at the future park.

The Upper Westside Improvement District has reached a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management to create a 4.5-acre passive greenspace at the northwest corner of Northside Drive and 17th Street.

Friends of Atlanta Waterworks Park has long championed the land on the eastern edge of the Atlanta City Water Works Hemphill Reservoir as potential greenspace. The Upper Westside Improvement District worked with the city and former Atlanta City Council Member Yolanda Adrean and the Department of Watershed Management to reach the agreement, with support from the park group and the Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association.

“On behalf of the businesses and the neighbors in the Upper Westside Improvement District, we have been working diligently to create new public greenspaces for our community. We are grateful to the city of Atlanta and the Department of Watershed Management for their commitment to the same,” said Elizabeth Hollister, Upper Westside Community District. “This high-profile corner will be an asset for the Upper Westside for years to come.”

The MOU determines the scope of the project, which will transform the underutilized corner parcel into passive greenspace over several phases, the first of which will be the initial cleanup. The hill top will eventually have benches, mulch trails and signage and offer dramatic views of the city skyline.

The Upper Westside Improvement District is in the process of approving the contractor for the site work and expects to have phase one complete in time for summer. The organization hopes to have the greenspace completed and open to the public by the third quarter.

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.