Burr Partner Chip Collins Plays Important Role in Creating Greenspace in Atlanta Metro Community

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Windsor Meadows Park is the newest pocket park in the Sandy Springs community, a suburb of Atlanta.

The City of Sandy Springs recently hosted a ribbon-cutting at the park Sept. 14, formally ending a park development process that has been underway - at least unofficially - since it became clear in 2009 that the site on the bank of Nancy Creek would no longer serve as a residential site.

Windsor Meadows Park joins Atlanta's Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park as the region's two most recently opened parks on floodplains. They speak to the growing movement in the region to turn to unconventional areas to provide greenspace. One major example is the Big Creek Greenway in north Fulton County, which stretches some 20 miles and which has been closed at times due to flooding of up to 11 feet, according to a report from the National Weather Service.

The Sandy Springs Conservancy saw in the property the opportunity to bring a neighborhood park to an area in need of greenspace. The city had acquired ownership of the property in 2012 via a federal flood relief program.

Chip Collins, a conservancy board member and former city councilmember, helped craft the city's first greenspace policy for properties acquired with help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Click here to read the full article about Windsor Meadows Park from the SaportaReport.

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