WOODSTOCK, GA — The city of Woodstock has taken another step in creating from scratch the first park that will come online for residents in the last 30 years. The City Council at its Nov. 26 meeting awarded a bid to GreenbergFarrow to perform design work for a new park that will be developed on the east side of the city.
The park will be constructed on roughly 100 acres along Trickum Road just south of the Woodview subdivision near Barnes Road. Woodstock had 11 companies respond to request for qualifications soliciting design services, said Parks and Recreation Director Preston Pooser.
"We are extremely pleased with the quality and amount of interest we had in it," he said.
A committee made up of city employees and relevant stakeholders selected five firms to interview Nov. 15-16, and all those companies provided "outstanding" responses to questions. GreenbergFarrow, an Atlanta-based firm, is "very excited" to sign on the project of designing Woodstock's newest park, Pooser said.
The city of Woodstock in October 2017 ratified the purchase of 24.42 acres of land along Trickum Road near Little River, which added to the 40.7 acres the city previously acquired east of the thoroughfare and 36.32 acres donated earlier this year to the Greenprints Alliance, the group formed to help create a network of trails and park land around the city.
When fully assembled, the land will provide residents in an underserved area of Woodstock with passive recreation opportunities. While final amenities are open to resident and stakeholder input and discussion, the Greenprints Plan approved by the city in 2008 contemplates multi-use trail on a portion of this site. It will be the first park Woodstock will create from the ground-up since the opening of Dupree Park on Neese Road in the 1980s.
Now that the bid has been awarded, Pooser said he and City Manager Jeff Moon will begin developing the scope of work, including the price tag, for City Council's approval.