Box 13, Folder 11, Document 56

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CITY O F ATLANTA
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DEPARTMENT of PARKS
Office of General Manager

Atlanta, Georgia

30303

July 20, 1967
JACK C . DELIUS
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GENER A L MANAGER

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Mr. Gilbert H. Boggs
Director of Housing
Atlanta Housing Authority
824 Hurt Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Mr. Boggs:
SUBJECT:

Pedestrian Bridge across Proctor Creek from
Perry Homes to' Gun Club Park.
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You may recall that last year I wrote Mr. Earl Metzger
regarding the desperate need for a footbridge across
Proctor Creek from Perry Homes to the Northeast corner of
Gun Club Park. At that time, the estimated cost of a
footbridge was between $10,000 and $15,000. Since our
property line is on our side of the creek and the creek
itself lies within the boundaries of the Perry Homes
property, we asked that Atlanta Housing Authority consider
undertaking the construction of this bridge to provide
ingress to the park for the children in the eastern section
of Perry Homes.

My letter waa referred to you end yo ur reply , deted

October 2 8 , 1 966 , wa s that the po ssibi lity of construction
of "the footbridge to serve the park" would not be feasible
from the Atlanta Housing Authority's standpoint becau s e
y o u did not have the necessary $10,000 to $15,000 nor did
y ou h a v e the authority from the Federal a gency whi ch mu s t
approve t h is type of expend itu re . You f u rth er st ated that
you did not believe it would be considered en eligible cost .
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would f i rst l i ke t o point out that this footbridge
not serve the park. Ont.he contrary, the footbriq.ge
serve the people of Perry Homes. In fact, our
purpose in acquiring and developing the 42-acre Gun

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Mr. Boggs
Page Two
July 20, 1967

Club Park is to provide
facilities for the more
more than 3200 children
isolated for so long in

desperately needed recreation
than one thousand families and
and teenagers who have been
the Perry Hornes Housing Project ·.

We are aware of the new installation of culverts
and the extension of the roadway from Perry Hornes across
Proctor Creek providing access to the site of your new
140-unit addition to the Project. However, this is a
considerable distance from the proposed location of
the footbridge1 and the families who live in the eastern
section of Perry Homes would face a quite lengthy hike
to make their way west to the existing crossing and
back through the new section of Perry Hornes to the Park.
As a matter of fact, many children in the eastern extremity
will be able to stand in their yards and see the ball
diamonds across the creek • .We are convinced that a
constant hazard will exist as these children attempt to
ford Proctor Creek and make their own shortcut to the
lower level of the Park. We feel very strongly that
this type of situation should be eliminated and we feel
that the Atlanta Housing Authority should accept the
responsibility.
Realizing that it would not be feasible for you to
spend $10,000 to $15,000 for this purpose, we have taken
it upon ourselves to explore the possibility of constructing
a safe and permanent footbridge at a more feasible cost.
Mr. Charles G. Devon, Assi~tant Parks Engineer, has
developed a plan for a bridge constructed of precastprestressed concrete with hand rails and concrete footings
that would cost less than $1500 in place. Further, we
are prepared to offer our technical assistance and labor
to supervise and assist in the construction of the bridge.
Enclosed is a proposal from Concrete Materials of Georgia,
Inc., for the main bridge structure, including its erection,
in the amount of $1,067.53. This does not include the
hand rails or the footings for which we would provide the
labor and the materials are estimated to be approximately
$400. Also enclosed is a drawing showing details of the
plan. In light of this new cost estimate, perhaps you
will reconsider the possibi ,lity of the Housing Authority
funding this bridge.
We have recently completed the first phase d evelopment
of Gun Club Park at a cost of $83,541. We have signed the
contract for $52,206 for the second phase development , which
will include the ball diamonds on thelower end of the property
adjacent to Proctor Creek, and the contractor is expected
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Page Three
July 20, 1967

to commence work within a few days. In view of our
efforts to complete this park, we sincerely hope that
you will make every effort to provide this additional
means of access to the park for the residents of Perry
Homes.
Thank you for any consideration given our proposal.
let us know of your decision in this matter.
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Sincerely,

Please

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Mr. M. B. Satterfield, Executive Director, Atlanta
Housing Authority
V Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mr. Dan sweat, Director of Governmental Liaison
Mr. John Cox, Atlanta Youth Council
Mr. Arthur Smith, Manager of Perry Homes
Mr. Willie Johnson, Chairman, Constructive Youth
Council of the Northwest Perry Homes Area
Mr. Jack c. Delius, General Manager of Parks and
Recreation
Mr. A. P. Brindley, Parks Engineer
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Mr. Charles G. Devon, Assistant Parks Engineer
Alderman Charlie Leftwich, Chairman, Municipal
Parks Committee
Alderman Buddy Fowlkes, Vice Chairman, Municipal
Parks Committee
Alderman G. Everett Millican, Member, Municipal
Parks Committee
Alderman Q. v. Williams on, Member, Muni c ipal Pa r k s
Committee

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