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Monday, January 20, 2014

Buckhead's Charlie Loudermilk Park getting $2.5 million makeover

The greenspace, shown here from the north, will include a new clock tower and grassy lawn panel
  • Buckhead Community Improvement District
  • The greenspace, shown here from the north, will include a new clock tower and 'grassy lawn panel'
Charlie Loudermilk Park, that wacky triangle-shaped greenspace in the heart of Buckhead, will get a $2.5 million renovation. The makeover, which is scheduled to be completed this summer, is funded by the Buckhead Community Improvement District in partnership with Livable Buckhead and the city. Says a press statement:

The project kicks off this week with banners displayed around the edges of the park that illustrate what the future park will look like, including a new clock tower, covered seating and a statue of Charlie Loudermilk, which will be relocated to the park from the Aaron Rents Offices on N. Fulton Street.

Some of the existing trees in the park will be marked for removal in order to plant a new perimeter of oak trees that will grow to provide adequate shade for the park. The low-branched Littleleaf Linden trees currently lining the park do not thrive in the Atlanta climate, nor provide the high canopy effect necessary for shade. A grassy lawn panel will be raised 15 inches above Roswell Road, making it completely accessible from Peachtree, Roswell and Sardis roads.

The greenspace is being designed by HGOR and is part of the Buckhead Village streetscape project aimed at making the posh district more walkable. The park is located just one block away from the proposed Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use district, which last week held a "topping off" ceremoney.

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