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Mozley Park Vision Plan Concepts

The Visioning Process for Mozley Park: Next Steps!

The next step of the visioning process is to gather your feedback on the two draft concepts for Mozley Park. These concepts were presented for public review and feedback on Thursday, November 22, 2019, and will be available online for continued review until January 7. Please refer to enlargeable versions of the plans here as you record your feedback in this survey. Thank you!

Both concepts include:
  • Shade, seating, and a splash pad at Powell Swimming Pool
  • Lighting repaired throughout park & added along PATH trail
  • Sidewalks repaired and restored/connected throughout park
  • Civil rights benches along Martin Luther King, Jr Drive (Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs)
  • Rain gardens in strategic locations throughout park (Department of Watershed Management)
  • Stroller/ADA access ramp from parking lot to new playground
  • Park identification signs at each park entrance
  • Repairs to pedestrian bridge connection to Hunter Hills
  • Expand east parking lot

Background
Through a grant from Park Pride, the Mozley Park/Hunter Hills community has the opportunity to create a community-driven vision plan for Mozley Park. The Visioning Process will result in a conceptual vision plan reflecting what the community would like to see in this beautiful park. Your opinion is critical to the success of this unique space! By having a Vision Plan for the park, the community is one step ahead of fast-paced change in our neighborhood. This plan will inform City Council, the Department of Parks & Recreation, potential project funders, neighbors, and would-be neighbors of this community's needs and wishes for its park. 

The Mozley Park Steering Committee and Park Pride have hosted three public meetings over the past several months to collect ideas and get input from neighbors. The final vision plan will be presented for public review and feedback on January 15, 2020, from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, at C. A. Scott Recreation Center.

This survey will record your feedback on the two draft concept plans. From this feedback and the feedback gathered during the public meeting on November 21, we will create a final vision plan for your review.

Please plan to attend the final public meeting to help us envision the future of Mozley Park. Check out the Friends of Mozley Park Facebook group or the Friends of Mozley Park webpage to learn more, see the meeting schedule, and get reminders about other opportunities to take part! 


Please refer to the full plan views here to answer the following questions.
 
1. Athletic Field
The existing athletic field includes remnants of a baseball diamond that is no longer usable because a field goal post has been installed where the pitcher's mound should be. Both plans call for reorganizing the field for use by sporting groups who use a rectangular field (like football, soccer, field hockey, etc). Concept 1 shows a more intensive reorganization that includes a track and artificial turf field with new bleacher seating. Concept 2 shows a more incremental reorganization that includes a natural turf field with appropriate striping and new bleacher seating.

Which option is better for the community?
2. Restrooms
Some community members have expressed a desire for restrooms that would be available for use when C. A. Scott Recreation Center is closed. Concept 1 shows a restroom building near the athletic field and playground. Concept 2 does not show a restroom.

Which is better for the community?
3. Community Garden
There has been recent interest in starting a community garden in Mozley Park. Community gardens need open, flat, sunny places with easy access to water in order to have the best chance of succeeding. Two locations have been proposed for a new community garden. Concept 1 shows the community garden directly behind C. A. Scott Recreation Center. Concept 2 shows the community garden closer to Powell Pool. 

Which location would work best for a new community garden?
4. Old Playground
Now that a new playground has been added, there is a question about what to do with the old playground. One option would be to update the old equipment with a new playground. Another idea is to replace the old playground with a rain garden. It is hoped that by adding a rain garden in this location, that it will prevent water from running onto the handball courts, reducing the amount of sediment that sometimes makes game play difficult on the courts.

Which option would be best for the community?
5. Existing Tennis Courts
Our results show that most community members choose Washington Park as their preferred location to play tennis because of the superior facilities there. The tennis courts at Mozley Park are in a state of deterioration, and are seldom used for tennis. Two different ideas for how to better use this space are presented in the plans. 

How do you think the existing tennis courts should be used?
6. Existing Basketball Court
The existing basketball court at Mozley Park is in good condition and is well-used. Both concepts retain the basketball court, but differ in how the basketball court is treated. Concept 1 restripes the court using a traditional basketball striping pattern. Concept 2 recommends creatively restriping the basketball court with a unique work of art.

Which treatment would you like to see?
7. Existing Handball Courts
Two handball courts currently exist at Mozley Park, one of which is well-used and the other of which has fallen into disuse because of erosion and sedimentation. Both plans retain the handball court that is popular and well-used, but differ in the treatment of the other, less-used, handball court.

Which is the best use of the unused handball court?
8. Battle of Ezra Church Markers
A series of cast bronze plaques describing the Civil War Battle of Ezra Church were installed in the 1960s in Mozley Park, and little has been done since that time to maintain or improve the area. Although the plaques describe the Civil War battle, they do not glorify the Confederacy as some other monuments do. The plaques contain a narrative describing the events of the day and little else. These markers are likely protected under state law and cannot be removed without considerable effort. Concept 1 leaves this area as-is. Concept 2 makes aesthetic improvements to the area including paving a space in and around the markers, adding seating, and planting landscape. 

Which approach would best serve the community?
9. Lionel Hampton PATH Trail
The Lionel Hampton PATH trail winds through the park before traversing a narrow corridor between F. L. Stanton Elementary School and the railroad tracks. Many community members have expressed that they do not feel safe on that stretch of trail because it is isolated and restricted in terms of entrances and exits. Concept 1 leaves the trail where it is, but maintains the trail to cut back overgrowth and adds lighting. Concept 2 offers an alternative on-street bicycling option along Browning Street using pavement markings called "sharrows." 

Which would make you more likely to use the Lionel Hampton trail?
10. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Medians
The recent installation of medians along MLK has prevented all east-bound traffic from being able to turn into the park. This is ridiculous and cuts off reasonable access into the park. Both plans call for removal of portions of the median to open up the center lane for left-hand turns into the park. Concept 1 removes the median in front of C. A. Scott Recreation Center so people can turn left into the Recreation Center. Concept 2 removes the median further east so people can turn left into the parking lot near the athletic fields.

Where would you want to be able to turn left into the park?
11. Dog Park
Many community members own dogs and expressed a desire to have a fenced-in area for off-leash play where neighbors can meet other dog owners. There is an acre of land between Browning Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive that may be able to be used as a dog park area. 

Do you think an off-leash dog park would be appropriate at Mozley Park?
12. Food Forest
Food forests are simply areas where native trees are planted that produce fruit or nuts that people can harvest free-of-charge in a park setting. Tree species like pecan, paw-paw, and serviceberry all include edible fruits that can survive without a great deal of maintenance and are largely pest-free.

Should there be tree species planted in Mozley Park that produce fruit that anyone can take and eat?
13. Historic Signage
Mozley Park has a fascinating history and many stories to tell. Both concepts include historic signage that would tell the stories of the community, from famous residents to major events. Concept 1 collects all of the signs in one location to create a "historic walkway" where people could learn about the history of the community all at once. Concept 2 distributes historic signage throughout the park so that park visitors can learn about different stories in different locations.

What do you think would be better to do for historic signage?
14. Parallel Parking
One of the major challenges identified in the survey was a shortage of parking. One potential solution would be to widen the entrance drive to C. A. Scott Recreation Center to allow for parallel parking. This would add approximately 10-12 parking spaces, but would result in the loss of some large mature trees currently growing alongside the road. 

Do you think the driveway should be widened to add parking even though this would result in the loss of mature trees?
15. Pedestrian Bridge
The pedestrian bridge that connects Hunter Hills to the park is in terrible condition and is unsafe. At the bare minimum, the bridge needs to be repaired, but more could be done to enhance the experience of the bridge if funding could be found. Option 1 shows a complex, custom (and expensive!) geometric pattern that creates a unique gateway into the park. Option 2 shows a traditional railroad truss pattern that is popular with bridges in Georgia. Although more expensive than a simple repair, the truss option would be significantly less than the custom geometric option.

If funding can be identified to do more than simply repair the bridge, what kind of pattern would you like to see?
17. Optional Contact Information (this will be kept confidential)