June 20, 2017
The Johns Creek City Council authorized the Mayor to execute a purchase and sale agreement for approximately 58 acres of land to be used as park land. The property is strategically located along the Chattahoochee River between the recently purchased Cauley Creek property and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
“I am very excited about this land purchase and the increased recreational and open space opportunity it provides to our residents,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “The City Council was eager to continue efforts to address Johns Creek’s growing park needs and was able to do so with this valuable piece of property at a reasonable price.”
The total purchase price for the property is $9,050,000. The Trust for Public Land has agreed to assist the City by contributing funds to bring the price of the property down $1 million without any deed restrictions. This results in a net purchase price of $8,200,000 ($141,379 per acre).
The final determination of how the land will be used will be planned through a public process. The purchase of this property provides an opportunity to revisit the Cauley Creek Park property to develop a master plan that incorporates the Quail Hollow property and Cauley Creek as a unified property. The Quail Hollow purchase is mostly wooded and lends itself to a mostly passive purpose; which provides an opportunity to address additional community needs and preserve greenspace. The purchase will provide the City the ability to further plan for a multi-use trail system along the Chattahoochee River.
With this latest land purchase, which now makes six park land acquisitions - five of which have been acquired in the past two years - Johns Creek has more than doubled its available park land to approximately 360 acres.
The acquisition aligns with the Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan
, which was approved by the City Council in 2015. The plan was developed following a 5-month process that included extensive community outreach and input from over 1,500 individuals through interviews, surveys, community meetings, and social media interactions.
The community identified acquisition of additional park land; expansion of recreational facilities; connectivity between parks and activity centers; and planning for a city-wide recreational greenway/trail system among other pressing needs.
The City expects to complete due diligence activities and complete the purchase in the next few months.