August 23, 2017
The City of Johns Creek completed its latest land purchase at Quail Hollow of approximately 58 acres, which will be used as park land.
The final purchase price for the property is $8.915 million. The Trust for Public Land contributed
$1 million toward the cost of the purchase.
“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.”
Quail Hollow will be combined with the adjacent 133-acre Cauley Creek property, which was purchased in 2016, to form the largest city park in Johns Creek. Both properties are strategically located along the Chattahoochee River near the Abbotts Bridge Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
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 both properties. 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 also 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 increased its available park land to more than 400 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.