The historic spring that gave Sandy Springs its name will be better showcased in a new facility whose design will be unveiled at a Feb. 8 public meeting.

The spring on Heritage Green as it appeared in late 2015. (Photo John Ruch)

The spring site on Heritage Green off Blue Stone Road is overseen by the historic and cultural organization Heritage Sandy Springs. Carol Thompson, the organization’s executive director, declined to preview any details of the new spring design, beyond saying it will include both the Green’s “meadow” and spring site.

The spring is where religious revival meetings of the 1840s led to the establishment of a community. Today, the spring is, as a Heritage presentation bluntly puts it, “a hole in the ground covered by a metal grate.” Many visitors are underwhelmed, Thompson and Heritage board member Chip Emerson previously said.

Last year, Heritage announced a design competition for some sort of facility to show off the spring—especially to reveal the flowing water. Heritage officials previously said that the design would be publicly revealed only after first being shown to leaders of the Sandy Springs Society–the project’s largest funder–and the City Council.

The Feb. 8 public meeting is being held at the request of Mayor Rusty Paul, Thompson said. It will run 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Hall, 6110 Blue Stone Road.

John Ruch

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

One reply on “New design for Sandy Springs’ namesake spring to be revealed Feb. 8”

  1. I have to give congratulations to this one. It’s important to remember that Sandy Springs not only was but is still full of ‘springs’ that keep the water flowing.

    Look at a map closely and you’ll see things like Long Island Creek, which is actually fed by a spring that starts behind a home on Tara Trl and about 150′ from Long Island Drive. The gated community on St. Nicholas Cir. off Mt. Paran and those homes at the bottom of the road are built on what was wetlands from a spring which fed the South branch of Long Island Creek.

    The reality is development which allows the modification to the slope to the ravine along with backfill to effect the flow of spring water into these small feeder creeks like Long Island Creek is damaging. Not only damaging to the down stream flow of the Chattahoochee these creeks flow into but damaging to the homes built on such precarious perches.

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