Extensive research was conducted during the Feasibility Study phase to save as many trees as possible. Only four non-specimen trees were recommended for removal within the park out of the original 871 trees surveyed. Of the 4 trees marked for removal within the park, 2 were leaning into the street creating a hazard to vehicular traffic and pedestrians and 3 of the 4 were also in poor condition. The trees removed were tagged with the following numbers: 1198, 1829, 1875, and 1787.
AMPC met with all 8 property owners along the stretch of Wesley Drive (on the park side) near Howell Mill Road to discuss the project. The 3 owners needing to have their respective trees removed agreed to have this work done to accommodate for the sidewalk project. Follow-up meetings were held with the 8 property owners to review the project again before construction starts since some homes had changed ownership since AMPC’s last meeting with the homeowners along this stretch of Wesley Drive.
The project includes planting 29 trees as recompense for the tree removal as required by City of Atlanta ordinance and for the purpose of preserving the existing tree canopy in the park.