Sandy Springs opened its new Marsh Creek Rain Garden Park to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 6.

The park at 100 Johnson Ferry Road, just north of Sandy Springs Circle, is a stormwater management pond that doubles as a park with a path, fountain, boardwalk overlook and other amenities. It uses plants to filter pollutants from stormwater. Appropriately, the park opened on a rainy day.

The unusual facility is a kind of pilot program the city may build elsewhere if it works well. It cost $4.6 million.

The park also included a memorial to the late Celia Klardie, who served as the city’s stormwater services director and championed the project. Her parents, Mabel and Hugh Durden, attended the opening ceremony.

(All photos by Kate Awtrey)

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

3 replies on “Sandy Springs cuts ribbon on new ‘Rain Garden’ park”

  1. Condolences to the Durden’s and congratulations on a job well done. A place os solis seems appropriate.

    Long Island Creek is not only on the maps, feeds the Chattahoochee, but is under assault. All along her path is new development from the latest townhouse project on the south end of Sandy Springs circle to the Mega Mansions. On a good rain like we’ve been having mud starts flowing from that townhouse project all the way to the “Hooch”.

    Projects like Long Island Creek aren’t public gathering places, can’t be used for a photo op as easily but the “beauty shot is soooo much better”. This is a project you put a matching $4.6 million into because in all our best interest to do so until Long Island Creek is flowing clean water, full of life and adding to the “Down Stream Flow”.

  2. It is beautiful. But at $4 million, this is a large expense for taxpayers. The city should build more multipurpose athletic fields (grass and turf) in north, central, and south parts accessible to all for use in soccer, lacrosse, etc. Then build some indoor facilities – a multipurpose building with many basketball courts and volleyball courts. And a large swim facility. The city has a large tennis facility. It has large baseball fields at Morgan but this is in north. It has a turf field at Hammond but is the only field. It has no swim facility for many swim teams. It has fields at Buckhead soccer facility but this is for Buckhead and is at south part. It has nothing for basketball and volleyball. These sports have high participation. Maybe build some super large facility in mid SS for all this. A new facility went up in Canton (I think) that has many sports. Why can’t we have this? We generate over $100 million per year in taxes. Let’s find a location and co-develop with private developer.

  3. C,

    The city already has the facilities you speak of. What we need is the gates to be unlocked at the Public Schools we all paid for. We don’t need to undo trees and green space to make fields of grass or courts to play on.

    When I was growing up, the schools where the center of the community, the rallying point. Neighborhood kids would play basketball on the courts. Football games for local youth and their families on weekends happened at the school yard.

    What we need are the “exceptional” or “endangered” waterways that are already under protected status to actually be protected. Those like Long Island creek which have been destroyed by years of building along them, little more than dirt streams with no life all brought back to a viable status.

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