Dunwoody buys land from Waterford Swim and Racquet Club for park space

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DUNWOODY — The city of Dunwoody is getting new greenspace thanks to a partnership between the city and DeKalb County.

The Dunwoody City Council approved the purchase of seven acres from the Waterford Swim and Racquet Club to create additional park space and trails. DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester secured funding for the $125,000 purchase using District 1 park bond money.

“It was a great journey to get here,” said Dunwoody Councilman Tom Lambert, who began meeting with Waterford residents in April 2018. “This is a win-win-win. It’s in the northeast portion of the city, an area in need of greenspace and surrounded by neighborhoods.”

After the purchase of 4565 Dellrose Drive and 2371 North Peachtree Way, the Waterford pool, which has been closed for years, will be removed. Two tennis courts on site will be refurbished for public use.

“I am delighted to help the City of Dunwoody with the acquisition of this new green space. I see this as a valuable use of commissioner- directed funding for the citizens of District One and the county as a whole,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester. “Preserving land for parks in Dunwoody, and all of DeKalb County, as the metro area grows, is a priority and will help maintain quality of life for all residents.  I look forward to the city doing great things with this addition to its park portfolio.”

Councilman Lambert had praise for Dunwoody Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker. “He did a tremendous amount of work to get this across the finish line,” Lambert said during Monday night’s City Council meeting.

“The City is excited about the opportunity to add a new neighborhood park,” Walker said. “We’re planning to build a playground, small gazebo and trail network to connect surrounding neighborhoods to the park and each other.”

The two properties, which cover 7.16 acres of land, will be redeveloped using City funds.

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