Johns Creek is seriously deficient in Park Land.
There are 2.45 acres per 1000 residents. That is 201 acres for our population of 82,000 people.
The City’s Green Plan recommended Dean Gardens as a Riverfront Park and Picnic Area.
In 2014, City Council (Mayor Bodker, Cori Davenport & Lenny Zaprowski) Voted in favor of a subdivision of 70 Lennar homes, changing the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
Dean Gardens sold for a bargain price of $9.2 Million. With 1200’ Chatahoochee river frontage and 60 acres of green space, it would have made a lovely botanical gardens and community park.
Sadly, our elected officials voted for 70 Lennar Track Homes.
Map of the Current City Parks in Johns Creek
Recently the City Charter was changed for the City Manager to have more Assistance. He currently has 3 Assistant City Managers & Executive Assistant.
One Assistant City Mgr is tasked with overseeing Parks & Rec dept and needs to outsource 3rd Party to conduct a Needs Assessment & Inventory, etc.
The City Hired a consultant for $88k for also the following tasks: conduct surveys, interviews, workshops & outreach booths, etc.
It is sad that our Elected Officials continue to spend money on Study after Study, rather then acquiring land, as it is quickly diminishing within the City.
The 2008 Green Plan that is appendix C of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, indicated areas of the City that need parks, ideal locations and the general cost of purchase & construction etc. For 50 Acres of Parks, the Land Cost $17.5 million dollars.
The National Recreation and Park Association minimum standard is 6.5 to 10.25 acres per 1,000 according to the City’s 2008 Green Plan.
Source: City of Johns Creek