DUNWOODY — The Dunwoody City Council took a significant step forward to bring public green space to the Perimeter Center on Feb. 10. 

With a unanimous vote, the council approved a $45,000 contract for design services for Perimeter Center East Park. The funding comes from hotel motel tax revenue.

Located behind the new Endeavor Montessori School on Perimeter Center East, the pocket park will be within walking distance of several Perimeter apartment and townhome communities. It will also be accessible to residents of Georgetown via the new pedestrian bridge over Nancy Creek.

Park rendering

Conceptual plans for the Perimeter Center East pocket park include a playground, small picnic shelter, restrooms and trails. 

The city adopted concept plans for the Perimeter park in its Parks and Recreation Master Plan in 2017. Up till now, the site has competed with Brook Run Park for funding improvements that include new trails and yet-to-be-determined plans for the Old Austin Elementary site, leaving it unclear when plans would move forward

Mayor Lynn Deutsch made it clear she wants the Perimeter park to move forward as soon as possible, asking when the city could start demolition.  

“This park is a priority for me,” Deutsch said. “I’d like to see this completed by 2021, with children and families enjoying it as soon as possible.” 

It is still unclear how the city will fund the park’s construction. 

Design services will consist of survey work and architectural, engineering and geotechnical services for several park amenities. The list of features include a playground, picnic shelter, water feature, walking trail and restrooms. 

Further down the pipeline, the city has conceptual plans to build pocket parks by the Perimeter Center Parkway flyover bridge and underneath the Dunwoody MARTA station.

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