July 22, 2017
Remakes underway at county parks District 4 Commissioner Steve Bradshaw (4th from right) joins residents and stakeholders at a July 7 groundbreaking at Hairston Park.
By Angelina T. Velasquez
More than $657,100 in renovations at four DeKalb County parks – Hairston, Gresham, Henderson and Redan – will provide new playgrounds, water fountains, picnic tables, tennis courts, and football fields. DeKalb County unveiled the plans at groundbreakings held July 7, 12, 14 and 19. Hairston Park is getting $157,000 in renovations funded by the county and UPS Foundation; Gresham is getting $235,000 worth; Henderson Park, $155,800; and Redan Park, $109,300. At Hairston Park in Stone Mountain, where 5,008 square feet of space is being renovated, nine slides, a tilted rock wall, and multiple sliding poles will be installed. Cconstruction began July 7 with the groundbreaking and is expected to be completed in the fall. DeKalb District 4 Commissioner Steve Bradshaw allocated $142,000 from his district’s Park Bonds Fund to finance the park improvements. Gwen Stiegel, Friends of Hairston Park, said more than 100 children voted on the three playground options at a June 24 planning meeting. “The kids knew exactly what they wanted,” she said. Jan Costello, Greater Hidden Hills Community Development president, said the park also received a $15,000 grant from The UPS Foundation. “This 33-acre park is a jewel, and central to thousands of families in the area,” she said. Costello believes the renovations will raise the quality of life and the area’s economic profile. Upon completion park-goers will have
a pavilion, fenced dog park, and increased trails surrounding the leisure waterfront area and more to fill their time outdoors. Across town at Gresham Park, hundreds of children will run across new playground bridges, fly down slides, and create longlasting memories. District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson allocated more than $235,000 in Park Bonds funds to install the new playground in the park at 3113 Gresham Road in Atlanta. Last year Gresham Park received a new outdoor fitness station funded by a $8,000 donation from The Atlanta Retailers Association Foundation. Henderson and Redan parks are getting new tennis courts. District 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester hosted a July 12 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the four new tennis courts at Henderson Park at 2803 Henderson Road in Tucker. The park’s old tennis courts were demolished and four new courts were constructed in the same locations. District 7 Commissioner Gregory Adams cut the ribbon on two new tennis courts at Redan Park on July 19. The new tennis courts replaced old courts that were demolished and rebuilt at the park at 1745 Phillips Road in Lithonia. Three more ribbon cuttings and dedications are planned at Midway Park on July 26, Exchange Park on July 28 and Wade Walker Park on July 29. Midway Park, at 3181 Midway Road in Decatur, is cutting the ribbon on a new playground, Exchange Park, 2771 Columbia Drive in Decatur, will dedicate a new football field, and Wade Walker Park, at 5585 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain, will dedicate its new playground.