Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Phase One of Rutledge Park, Druid Hills’ newest park at 1812 Ridgewood Drive, is now complete. A Park Opening Party is scheduled to welcome the community to the park on June 6th from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The opening party will feature free popsicles, the annual Turtle Egg Hunt with candy and prizes from local businesses, including free chair massage sessions. There is no dedicated parking, but the event is open to all who are interested and willing to walk there.
Please stop by and visit this new park in a forest. It is truly an enchanting addition to our green neighborhood.
Come Celebrate with Us!
Rutledge Park, Druid Hills’ newest park at 1812 Ridgewood Drive, is happy to announce the completion of Phase One. A Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 21st at 10:00 AM, and the public is invited to attend. Also scheduled is a park opening party to welcome the community to the park on June 6th from 10:00 until noon. The opening party will feature free popsicles, the annual Turtle Egg hunt, which will include candy and prizes sponsored by local businesses in the area. Also featured will be free chair massage sessions provided by Align Therapeutic Message and Bodywork. There is no parking, but the event is open to all who are interested and willing to walk there.
As currently planned, the project is comprised of three phases. Phase One addresses park infrastructure, the entry area, plantings and playground development as well as other high priority (per the visioning process) items. Phases Two and Three will incorporate other park spaces and lower priority items, and will be dependent on future fundraising to be implemented.
The Rutledge Park Steering Community wishes to thank DeKalb County for their continued contributions and outstanding management and support, and to Park Pride for their leadership, encouragement, facilitation, and the $50K grant which was a critical catalyst in moving the park from concept to reality. Many thanks to DHCA for working with DeKalb County in 2005 and their recommendation for the acquisition of the green space property for the purpose of establishing the park. The committee also wishes to thank Emory Presbyterian Church for providing space for all the public Visioning meetings, and to the Olmstead Linear Park Alliance, and Fernbank Museum for providing space for the Steering Committee meetings throughout the entire project. Finally, thank you to many local community volunteers and the Atlanta Audubon Society for their efforts that have resulted in great progress in clearing the property of debris (especially old, and in some cases antique, tires), the removal of invasive plants, fundraising, guidance and support.
For more information about Rutledge Park, please visit: www.rutledgepark.org
Thanks so much to Dawn Francis-Chewning for providing these great photos of the most recent Rutledge Park clean-up day, including help from Trees Atlanta, and the Streets Alive event in Emory Village.
January 24, 2014
Greetings Friends and Neighbors of Rutledge Park
We hope the new year has started off well for you. We are getting our new year underway at Rutledge Park and would like to provide an update for our progress.
As noted in a previous update, in the design plan review/community meeting of October 6th, 2013, input from participants at the meeting made it clear that more playground area and more playground equipment was a high priority. Therefore, design revisions were made to accommodate this priority, and the revised playground scope was presented to the community via email and website (you can go to the website and view the current playground plan there).
After the playground revisions were completed, and during what we thought would be the final stages of the production of the construction documents, the design team (AMEC) notified the county that previous assumptions regarding ADA accessibility were outdated. The park design to this point had only provided ADA access within the entrance area of the park, but new revisions to the 2010 ADA Code included providing ADA access to all public play areas – which are strictly enforced. The modified ADA design criteria is broader and requires that all public facilities, including parks, comply with the revised standards.
Many different design options were studied to accommodate the impact of the more stringent ADA design requirements. The final design solution concept is attached to this email. It is basically a modification to the front section of the old platted house lot that will incorporate existing grades and topography. As sometimes happens, this design is one of those instances of “that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…”. The new configuration of the entry trail will utilize the elevation of the existing abandoned driveway from the street to the first terrace/playground (the playground, upper and lower terrace design is basically unchanged except for the stair and ramp transition to the lower elevation). This will result in much lower improvement costs for the front lot associated with excavation, retaining walls, ramps, landings and handrails (it will also cause less disruption to trees/root zones and other shrubs extant in the front lot area). We will need the savings to compensate for the higher costs associated with handrails, landings, stairs and ramps needed to comply with current ADA design requirements.
Once the design documents have gone through the permit review process (for clarity, no permit is issued for this project, but the documents do go through permit review with the county) the DeKalb County Project Manager, Paige Singer, and the landscape architect, Liz Cole, will review the revised plans with the community at another community informational meeting (to be scheduled at Emory Presbyterian Church).
The revised Rutledge Park schedule highlights as of January 2104 are as follows:
o Playground revisions were completed by end of October
o Playground comment period from executive committee was completed by 1st week of November
o Additional Playground revisions were completed by mid-November
o Park ADA revisions to be completed January 17th
o Submit to permitting week of January 20th or 27th
o Permitting (assuming 30 days) complete mid to late February
o Revisions due to comments from permitting and resubmittal – beginning of March
o Community meeting to review final design – mid March
o Submit to Purchasing and Contracting – mid to late March
o Request for bids for construction at end of March
o Receipt of bids – early April
o Construction begins – mid to late April
o Construction ends – early July
o Planting in the fall of 2014.
For your information, a request was submitted to Park Pride for a delay of the project completion date established for the Park Pride Community Building Grant for various causes that have been experienced, including the ADA design issues. This request was graciously approved by Park Pride, and the grant was extended an additional year.
Chairman/Project Manager Friends of Rutledge Park
Hello Friends and Neighbors,
Thank you all for your valuable participation and input concerning the installation of the playground at Rutledge Park. As a result of input from the community and subsequent review and input from the Friends of Rutledge Park Playground Committee and Executive Committee, below is the modified playground scheme. This is the most efficient and economical design solution given our community input, design parameters, space available, and budget. Paige Singer, Project Manager of Dekalb County Parks and Recreation, will be going forward with design activities predicated on this playground scheme.
Friends of Rutledge Park