Dunwoody residents reviewing the latest concept for a new city park questioned whether it would flood nearby streams, create traffic problems for nearby residents and whether it should include an amphitheater.

More than 50 residents attended a public meeting at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Nov. 19 to look over the latest plans for the 5-acre park at the corner of North Shallowford Road and Pernoshal Court. Construction of the proposed park is scheduled to begin next year as part of the city redevelopment effort known as Project Renaissance.

Residents seemed on the whole to welcome the idea of the park, but several criticized the present design.

“I think they’re trying to do too much with this 5-acre space,” David Whittenton said. “I think it could be a little better planned.”

The latest plan calls for two playgrounds; a multi-use court that can be used for basketball and other games; an open, multi-use field for sports; a picnic area; a multi-use trail; restrooms; and the amphitheater.

Several residents argued the amphitheater would be too close to a busy street, so noise would interrupt performances. They argued the amphitheater should be put in Brook Run Park, which is much larger.

Iris Reily said she felt that, over all, the park “looks pretty good.” But, she said, “I’m a little worried about the noise from the amphitheater. I’d rather see a nice Zen garden.”

City officials said they would take the comments to park designers. Dunwoody City Council is to reconsider the plan on Dec. 9.

Kristin and Justin Moore, who live near the proposed park, worried about traffic the park might attract to their street.

Updated Concept plan Visual for ProjRen 5 acre Park

“I think it’s great for the city of Dunwoody, but maybe not so great for the [neighbors],” Kristin Moore said.

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.