May 2018

As our warmer and normal spring-time temperatures have finally overcome the winter chill, it’s that time of year to take our active lifestyles outside again and enjoy all that our City has to offer.

Between Johns Creek’s four parks, three National Park Recreation Areas, and 13 miles of the Chattahoochee River, outdoor opportunities abound.  I encourage you take advantage of the nature trails, the myriad park amenities throughout the city, the first ever “Secret Gardens Tour of Johns Creek,” and Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s annual 5k Scrub Run and Health Festival.

The city staff is continuing to move forward with construction documents and design concepts on our five new parks as well.  We anticipate rolling these out in the coming months so please be on the lookout for these notifications on the City’s Facebook and Twitter sites, on your neighborhood NextDoor platform, and via the City’s monthly electronic newsletter.

We are very excited that we have had the opportunity to more than double our available parkland over the past couple of years, and we look forward to the expanded recreational amenities this effort will provide to our residents.

One of the great attributes of our exceptional city is the active lifestyle our community both enjoys and looks to maintain.  It has become such an identity of ours that the City Council voted in February to formally move forward with an initiative called “iHeart Johns Creek.”

iHeart Johns Creek recognizes the obvious for us, which is a natural strength of our city to become a healthcare innovation and wellness destination of choice.

This strategic focus on healthcare innovation and wellness is also well-aligned with an eye toward the type of economic growth that fits the character of Johns Creek’s active and premier residential lifestyle.
In its resolution to support and implement “iHeart Johns Creek,” the City Council noted that Johns Creek is already home to many businesses and professionals in the healthcare and wellness industry such as Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Alcon Laboratories, high-growth start-ups, private medical practices, active adult to full care facilities, and nutritional, spiritual and physical wellness businesses.
The resolution also highlights Johns Creek’s desire to seek a unique identity that builds on preserving its residential footprint, enhances opportunities for community engagement, supports business development, and innovation opportunities.  It also intends to leverage the city’s existing strengths and assets to create a lasting legacy for its residents.
With the adoption of iHeart Johns Creek, the City Council has directed the staff to incorporate health and wellness into the city’s strategic planning framework and facilitate collaboration and partnerships with local business and residential organizations, neighboring cities, and other related organizations.

So more to follow on this great initiative as it continues to take shape.

Again, please continue to remain engaged with the city online and periodically take a look at the city’s calendar for all the great outdoor activities we have planned as we head into summer.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or ideas you have regarding our recreation and parks offerings, or any other topics regarding the city you would like to discuss.