#3 - Parks and Recreation is an Issue
#3 – Parks and
Recreation is an Issue
One of the three services the City of Tucker committed to is Parks and Recreation. In 2018, the city of Tucker will take over Parks and Recreation operations and ownership of parks and facilities from DeKalb County. This brings many opportunities as well as challenges. A part of the challenges will be the acquisition of funds to maintain and improve the parks. It would be easy if the revenue allocated for parks and recreation that will come to Tucker would be sufficient. Each of the parks in Tucker have needs and deferred maintenance to be taken care of before improvements are even addressed. Vying for available funds will be Johns Homestead, Kelly Cofer Park, Tucker Nature Preserve, the Tucker Rec Center, Henderson Park and the group - Tucker Orchard Guild.
This means that grants and other funding must be raised to augment the tax revenues and that there might be a bit of a scramble for the available funds as all of the parks have needs. We need strong advocacy to make sure that District 1 parks are funded.
With the exception of Peters Park which has greenspace, ball fields, a basketball court and pavilion; the three other parks in District 1 of Tucker are newer and yet to be developed. Currently Smoke Rise, Smoker Rise Crossing and Smoke Rise Lord are all designated as green space as they have few improvements. In fact, they are all difficult to access and there is no parking nearby.
Smoke Rise Park located on Hugh Howell near Silver Hill has paths and a dam in serious need of repair.There are continuous problems with dumping of tree mulch and most recently cut up trees.
Smoke Rise Crossing is located on Lilburn Stone Mountain Rd. near the BP gas station and across from Smoke Rise Bottle Shop.There is a trail, a couple of benches and not much else.
Smoke Rise Lord is at the end of Smoke Rise Dr. with the only other access being from Militia Dr.There is a bit of a path but no other improvements.
Friends of Tucker Parks (http://tuckerparks.org) lists the District One parks on their site as a part of a network of community organizations but not with dedicated park groups as we do not have organized groups working on behalf of these parks either individually or as a group. Bill Rosenfeld, Councilman, District 1, post 2 has already started recruiting volunteers to start working on the Parks and Recreation committees and friends groups that will be needed.
It should be noted that there is a lot of greenspace in District 1 owned by Stone Mountain Memorial Park on Lilburn Stone Mountain, behind Barrington View including two homes at the end of the street, behind Howell Highlands and around Mount Carmel Church. These will not be managed by the City of Tucker.