Parks and Green Space
In the High Point area we are blessed with several directions we are able to go to enjoy parks and green space, not only in Sandy Springs but in Atlanta to our South and Brookhaven to our East. The map below has most notable parks within five miles of the middle of the HPCA.
The HPCA supports community centric advocacy towards enhancing and adding to our parks and greenspace. Here is a recent presentation that eventually led to our upcoming new park Windsor Meadows
HPCA Centric - Ridgeview Park Located next to Ridgeview Middle School at 5200 South Trimble Road Sandy Springs, GA 30342, it’s one of Sandy Springs largest parks at nearly 21 acres and sits literally in the middle of the High Point Area
Coming Soon - Windsor Meadows Sitting on Nancy Creek at the corner of Windsor and Northland, the city acquired parcels make up nearly 4.25 acres of contiguous flood plain. The City has funded the next steps to transform the city-owned property to into a unique community centric, pocket park with beautiful bottom land vistas and meandering walking trails.
Connectivity While the city is still working to create an interconnected set of pathways, including sidewalks,
A community partner in green space efforts, the Sandy Springs conservancy has numerous resources and valuable insight into parks and green space issues.
Below is a summary of its “2015 Thought Leaders Dinner “ regarding connecting people and places –
On April 23rd, 2015, keynote speaker Dr. John Crompton explored ways communities can increase their walkability, attractiveness, and long-term vitality. Dr. Crompton brought lessons from three decades of work with cities and towns across the country, as well as insights from national research. He spoke of the imperatives of good design and infrastructure investments for community building, and the important role of green spaces and trails. Dr. Crompton connected inspiration and pragmatism with his examples of win-win results that come from "incremental change by smart people."
The connection between parks and property values throughout history shows that parks are investments on which there will be positive returns. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. affirmed, "It has been established that […] a local park of suitable size, location and character, and of which the proper public maintenance is reasonably assured, adds more to the value of the remaining land in the residential area which it serves than the value of the land withdrawn to create it." The attraction of greenspace in urban areas adds to the value of the remaining land in the area of which the park serves.
The functionality or activity potential of trails associated with park creation add value to property. The enhanced value comes from access to a trails because they are critical to the connection of cities. This is a controversial point, as many worry that trails will bring undesirable behavior to their neighborhood. In the short term, trails do have the potential to lower the perceived quality of life of some proximate property owners, but property values will not be adversely affected; however, in the long term, only those who see trails as assets will acquire these proximate properties, so quality of life is enhanced for property owners.
Tourism is a public/non-profit sector driven business that promotes a cycle of economic growth. To promote tourism, a city must have desirable attractions, including parks.
Strategic economic development marketing means designing a community that satisfies the needs of its current and potential stakeholders. To attract workers, people have to want to be in the community because they love the community and the recreational amenities it has to offer. According to studies, more than 80% of participants will cite some park, recreational, cultural, or environmental ambiance dimension as why they are attracted to the idea of living in a particular place.
GRAMPIES, or Growing number of Retired Active Monies People In Excellent Shape, are an appealing economic target market because they have stable incomes, generate more tax revenue than the cost of serving them, contribute to the development of the health care industry, serve as a great volunteer pool, and stimulate housing and retail without putting pressure on local job markets or social services. According to research, GRAMPIES look for amenity rich communities, especially in terms of recreation, that allow for socialization and active lifestyles. In order to retain GRAMPIES, a city must create recreationally plentiful and enjoyable areas.