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Johns Creek buys 4-acre tract on Morton Road for pocket park

June 17, 2015

Morton ParkThe Johns Creek City Council on June 15 voted 5-0 to purchase 4 acres of property on Morton Road for a pocket park for surrounding neighborhoods.

Pocket parks are small parks at typically 4 acres or less.  They are designed to serve nearby neighborhoods, tend to be left as green space with the possibility for playgrounds, have limited facilities, and little or no parking. With limited large land areas available, the City is exploring possible pocket park locations around town as a way to address the community’s desire for more parks, including 2.4 acres at Bell and Boles roads.

Specific use for the property will be determined by a Recreation and Parks Master Plan that is currently being formulated with input from the public and the City Council. One proposed concept for the park would cost about $1.2 million, and could be developed over years.

The City will pay $640,000 for land appraised at almost $1.3 million. The property was formerly owned by Georgia Power Co. and Alpharetta Family Medical Clinic.