The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy (AMPC) has reached 49 percent of its fundraising goal for its operations budget, the organization’s executive director says.

The conservancy plans major renovations and upgrades to Bobby Jones Golf Course and Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, part of a long-range master plan.

Expected to take 10 years and cost from $10 to $15 million to complete, the most significant part of the master plan is an overhaul of the golf course, which hasn’t been updated in more than 80 years.

While big changes are still to come, smaller, significant ones are happening on a regular basis, including the ongoing repair of the sewage pipe that crosses over Peachtree Creek in Memorial Park.

The pump station along Woodward Way has been removed, and the second pump station along Wesley Drive was removed, according to the AMPC.

The temporary pipes and rocks in the creek bed allow for the crews to work in the creek to make the repairs, thereby reducing the impact to the trees along the upper bank. No new footings will go in the creek bed.

Instead, the new sewage pipe will be supported by concrete piers along the slope. All repairs should be completed by the end of November.

On Oct. 30, more than 150 employees from accounting firm Bennett Thrasher volunteered at the park, removing invasive plants, installing a planting bed and building four park benches along Peachtree Creek.

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Crews make repairs to the sewage pipe over Peachtree Creek at Atlanta Memorial Park.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.