A large crowd attended the Veterans Day program at the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial on Monday. Speakers for the event included U.S. Sen. David Perdue, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnston, State Rep. Vernon Jones, Rockdale Commission Chair Oz Nesbitt Sr., and Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett. Brigadier General Randall V. Simmons Jr., Assistant Adjutant General, Georgia Army National Guard, was the keynote speaker and said, “I have to comment on this tremendous park. I’ve been to many events like this, and I can’t say that I’ve seen another one in the country as nice as this one. Thank you for your vision and your inspiration.” Breedlove Land Planning designed the park and is proud to support our veterans. Click here to learn more about the event.
The Visitor Center at Red Top Mountain State Park is nearing completion. The new ‘heart’ of this popular Georgia State Park will provide a wide variety of services for users including natural and historic interpretation of the ecological and human history of this fascinating park along the shores of Lake Allatoona. The new site design includes improved vehicular and pedestrian circulation, an entry plaza, and outdoor education pavilion, amphitheater and a host of native and drought tolerant trees, shrubs and groundcovers. The building, designed by Croft and Associates and constructed by Lovvorn Construction, should be open to the public by late September 2019.
The City of Douglasville, Georgia has re-opened Hunter Memorial Park. Breedlove Land Planning worked with a talented team of consultants to renovate this existing 83-acre park located at 8830 Gurley Road, just off Highway 5 and I-20. Updated amenities include seven baseball fields, four softball fields, twelve batting cages, seven ALTA certified tennis courts, several support buildings and 650 parking spaces. The improvements were designed and constructed around an existing 16,000 square foot community center designed by Lyman Davidson Dooley Architects and Breedlove Land Planning completed in early 2011. The jewel of the renovated park is the only Miracle League Field west of Atlanta, providing children with mental or physical challenges the chance to play baseball.
The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) recently initiated a national rulemaking to establish a comprehensive program to strengthen its stormwater program, during which it will evaluate sustainable green infrastructure design techniques that mimic natural processes to evapo-transpire, infiltrate and recharge, and harvest and reuse stormwater. The EPA asked the American Society of Landscape Architects to collect case studies on projects that successfully and sustainably manage stormwater. Rock Mill Park in the City of Alpharetta was selected. Breedlove Land Planning was the lead designer for this project, which includes such innovative systems such as bioretention, vegetated sand filters, a greenroof pavilion and a constructed wetland.
One of the most unique aspects of the ongoing 5.08 Million Dollar Hunter Park Renovation in Douglasville, Georgia is a wheelchair accessible baseball-softball field. During the initial planning phase the City of Douglasville identified the need to provide accessible active recreational facilities inclusive of the entire community. As a consultant to the City of Douglasville, Breedlove Land Planning designed an accessible baseball softball field which consists of a rubber surface built on an asphalt base. The field is currently under construction and will be completed this summer. Hunter Park is scheduled to reopen in August, 2011.
Gwinnett Park Life is announcing Bark in the Park: “Bring your dog out for an afternoon of tail-wagging fun at Rabbit Hill Park! Between the agility demonstrations, kids’ activities, safety programs, contests, vendor booths, and fun run, it’s sure to be a day the whole family will enjoy! All ages, $5/Doggy Dash 1 Mile Fun Run to support Relay for Life; pre-registration advised.” This dog park is one of many designed by Breedlove Land Planning.
As the City of Douglasville website announces the Hunter Park Community Center will have its Ribbon Cutting and Open House on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm. Open House will be from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Attendees will get a firsthand look at this new community amenity. Breedlove Land Planning provided all site design services for this facility and is the lead designer of the larger Hunter Park renovation currently under construction.
The new City of Douglasville Hunter Park Community Center is rapidly approaching completion. Breedlove Land Planning has been on site multiple times over the last week to observe the installation of trees, shrubs and groundcovers, irrigation systems, infiltration based stormwater management facilities and site conditions in general. The new building should be open to public towards the beginning of the new year. Breedlove Land Planning looks forward to continuing its involvement at Hunter Park as our 28 acre park renovation design is implemented over 2011.
Construction continues on the City of Douglasville’s Hunter Park Community Center, which includes new parking, stormwater management facilities and new walking trails to compliment an adjacent trail system. This photo shows construction crews excavating for a bioretention pond, which will utilize engineered soils and a variety of plants to treat stormwater pollutants. This building is phase one of the larger 80 acre park renovation designed by Breedlove Land Planning.
Construction of the improvements to Rabbit Hill Park in Gwinnett County, Georgia was completed last week as the trees were installed. One of the new park elements is this water feature. Water originates in the upper patio area below the playground in a shallow basin and flows through the stepped concrete paver flume terminating in a lower basin and patio area that overlooks the existing lake. The lower basin drains into and replenishes the existing lake that is used to irrigate soccer fields and the new dog park. This water feature is fed by an existing on-site well.