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Release Date: 09.29.2011 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Fulton County Office of Communications

Fulton County to Acquire Key Green Space Along Chattahoochee River

Newest Acquisition has major Impact on Green Space and Recreation Initiatives

At its Wednesday, September 21, 2011 meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved three key additions to Fulton County’s Chattahoochee River Linear Greenway project in unincorporated South Fulton County.

The Board accepted of a donation of approximately 174 acres of river front property by Industrial Trout, LLC. The majority of this property is protected in perpetuity with a Deed of Conservation easement held by the Georgia Land Trust, Inc. This property is a significant addition to the Chattahoochee Linear Greenway effort and will provide approximately 3 miles of river frontage in the Fulton Industrial District.

The Board also voted to purchase 221.82 acres of land known as Palmetto Farms located on the Chattahoochee River and accepted a donation of a 6.5 acre parcel that also fronts on the river, contiguous to the 3 miles of land described above. Both of these properties are being conveyed by The Trust for Public Land. Fulton County is utilizing funds generated from the sale of parkland to the City of Chattahoochee Hills and from the South Fulton Special Service Tax District to make the purchase.

The acquisition of these properties marks new steps forward in an effort first started in 1998 when the Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting the Chattahoochee River Land Protection Campaign; a long-term effort spearheaded by the Trust for Public Land to establish a green corridor along the river, extending from the North Georgia Mountains around Helen south to Columbus.

These acquisitions will lead to a future regional park for unincorporated South Fulton County, a recreational area on the Chattahoochee River, and provide a potential connection to Douglas County Boundary Waters Park as well as linkage with the National Park Service’s anticipated Middle Chattahoochee River Blue Trail.

"This decision by the Board of Commissioners marks an investment in the preservation of the County’s natural resources and environmental assets," said Fulton County Manager Zachary L. Williams.

"Through constant, strong collaborations we can continue to have greater green spaces for our residents to enjoy," said John H. Eaves Chairman Fulton County Board of Commissioners "Thanks to all of our partners, we have seen significant renewal and development of many parks and green spaces throughout our community. Our board is committed to supporting these on-going efforts to keep providing the best for our residents."

Contact Info

Contact Name: Kimberley Everett

Company: Fulton County Office of Communications

Phone: 404-612-4068

Cell: 404-713-5992