Box 13, Folder 11, Document 34

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August 1, 1967
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Mr. Obie . Shel ton
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Executive Vice President
Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
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1 400 Commerce Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Mr . Shelton:
During e recent Called Meeting of the Aldermanic Parks Committee
the members informally discussed at my request the best
location for the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta if and
when we reached the point where financing is available for
restoration and a new home. The Committee directed that
we bring this matter up f or e f ormal decision at the regular
meeting scheduled for August 15, 1967 at 2:00 p.rn. in
Committee Room No. 2 o f the City Hall. Members o f the Committee
further asked that I correspond ·with you and invite you to attend
this meeting in the event that you would like to express an
opinion on the best location for the Cyclorama. If it should
be inconvenient for you to attend on August 15 and you would
care to writ e the undersigned , it would be my pleasure to __
present your views and opinions to the Aldermen. We particularly
appreciate your continued interest in the Cyclorama which is
obviously our most valuable physical historical possession and
trusting you can attend on August 15, I am
Cordially,
Jack c. Delius
General Manager of
Parks end Recreation
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Mr. Gordon F. Price, Southeastern Underwriter's Association
Mr. Beverly . DuBose, Attorney at Law
Mt Franklin M. Garrett, Coca- Cola Company
Mr. Wilbur Kurtz, Jr., Coca- Cola Company
All members of the Aldermanic Parks Committee
Honorable Ivan Allen, ur., Mayor of Atlanta
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A Called Meeting of the Aldermanic Parks Committee was held on Wednesday,
July 26, 1967 at 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the City Hall Annex.
Present were Aldermen Charlie Leftwich, Buddy Fowlkes, Q. v. Williamson,
and G. Everett Millican. Also present was Mr. R. Earl Lander,
Administrative Assistant to the Mayor, Mr. Charles L. Davis, City
Comptroller, Mr. Woody Underwood of the Comptroller's Staff, Mr. Eric
Harkness of the Planning Department, and Messrs. Jack c. Delius, Stan
Martin, A. P. Brindley, and Stan Ayer, of the Parks Department.
Chairman Leftwich stated that the primary purpose of the called meeti ng
was to discuss the recent allocation of some $35p,ooo by the Finance
Committee to the Department of Parks for emergency-type activities in
the Parks Department. Mr. Leftwich explained that the funds were ,·, :.
allocated only for capital improvements, etc. and were not intended to
be for operating costs and other everyday items. Mr. Leftwich distributed
a preliminary list of priorities drawn up by the Park Staff. A
cons i derable discussion to'ok place by members of the Park Committee
a s to just how priorities should be established and the best ways
to s p e nd the fund. I t was unani mously agreed that whenever and wherever
possible the money should be utilized for projects qualifying unde r
50¾ aid assistance from the Federal government through either the Land
and Water Conservation Act or the Open Space Program. Although additional
park lands are desperately needed and should be purchased while still
a v ai lable, it was generally felt by the Committee that the funds should
be spent on Parks already purchased and owned by the City of Atlanta s o
tha t the se faciliti e s might b e placed in service at the earliest
possibl e d a t e . The Ci ty Comptrolle r h as pointe d out t h at the City o f
Atlanta is officially committed to the purchase in the immediate future
o f an Urban Renewal Park Site in the Western portion of the RawsonWash i ngton Urban Renewa l Area and a park site adjacent to the W. c.
Hills School in the Bedford-Pine Urba n Re n ewal Area. Oth e r urban
renewa l p ark sites were co n sidered too far o ff in the f u t ure t o
commit f und s a t t he present t i me . Alderman Wi lliams on fe lt that the
Peyton Ro ad Proj ect should b e deferred at t h is t ime s i nce i t is in a
middle class community and not a disadvantaged area. The General
Manag er pointed out tha t Peyton Road wa s the only par k site purchased
under t h e 1 9 63 Bond Pr ogr am that had rec e ive d no de velopment o r
alloca t ion o f funds and whi le i n p ri nci ple the majo r ity of the f u nds
should go to disadvantaged areas o f the City , s ome development should
start on the Peyton Road Site. Alderman Fowlkes expressed an opinion
that all the funds should be .used for development, an opinion generally
expressed by the General Manager. Alderman Mil l ican stated that one
of the best ways to use the money would be to light ba l l fields for
night- time use.
The f ollowing list was finally decided upon and received the unanimous
approval of the Parks Committee:
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7-26-67 Revised List
ALLOCATION OF SUPPLEMENTARY FUND
PARKS DEPARTMENT
TOTAL
COST
1.
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PEYTON ROAD 1st STAGE
POSSIBLE
FEDERAL
FUNDS
NET COST
TO CITY
60,000
30,000
30,000
25,000
12,500
12,500
25,000
12,500
12,500
150,000
75 ~000
75,000
40,000
20 , 000
20 , 000
a) I ~Necessary site preparation
b)
c)
d)
e)
2.
DANIEL STANTON 2nd STAGE
a)
b)
c)
3.
Drive and parking
Pave d court a r e as
Children's play areas
Adult recreation areas
GUN CLUB 3rd STAGE
a)
5.
Paved court areas
Paved walk and skating
circle
Planting (trees & shrubs)
HARPER 2nd STAGE
a)
b)
c)
d)
4.
including storm drainage,
grading, grassing.
Drive and parking
Ball diamond
Paved court areas
Children's play areas
Major s ize swimming pool,
bat hhouse, and ne c essary
s u rrounding s ite work
CENTER HILL (Improve ment to
exist i ng p ark)
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
Required site preparat ion,
grading and drainage
Park drive and parking
Paved court area
Children's p l ay area
Relighting of existing ball
field
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POSSIBLE
FEDERAL
FUNDS
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TOTAL
COST
6.
ANDERSON PARK (improvement to
existing park)
a)
b)
c)
d)
7.
NET COST
CITY
TO
50,000
25,000
25,000
30,000
15,000
15,000
28,000
14,000
14,000
65,500
32,750
32,750
140,000
70,000
70,000
86,500
43,250
43,250
700 ,000
350,000
350,000
Required site preparation
grading and drainage
Park drive and parking
Paved court area
Children's play area
BENTEEN 2nd STAGE
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a)
b)
c)
d)
8.
THOMASVILLE 3rd STAGE
a)
b)
c)
d)
9.
Complete drive and -parking
Paved court area
Children's play area
Planting (trees & shrubs)
Additional drive & parking
Children's play area
· paved walks
Ball field lighting
Purchase of park in Rawson Washington Urban Renewal Area
(adjacent to public housing)
10.
Purchase of c. W. Hill School
park site in Bedford-Pine Urban
Renewal area.
11.
Purchase of additional park
land throughout the city - to
be decided with the help of
the City Planni ng Department.
TOTALS
The last item on the proposed budget, number 11, concerns the purchase
of additional park land throughout the City. Alderman Leftwich and other
members of the Committee expressed an opinion that in the event that
e stimates of construction were too low on some of the other projects that
i tem 11 in part at least could be diverted to make up deficits. Stan
Martin, Parks Administrative Assistant, has already requested the City
Planning Department to make a survey to determine where additional park o
lands are needed. Mr. Martin has already requested Mr. Collier Gladin,
t he City Planning Engineer, to up date the 1961 Park Plan.
.rhe General Manager was directed to forwa r d immediately to the Finance
Committee of the Boar d of Aldermen 1rhe above suggested·.1allocation of
t:he $350,000.
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�The General Manager then requested the Chairman of the Parks Committee
to take up the discussion of the proposed location of the new Cyclorama
if and when it is constructed. Mr. Delius feels that the Cyclorama shoul_d
remain ih Grant Park since it is located on the fringe of the actual
Battle of Atlanta which the Cyclorama depicts, has been in the park for
some eighty years, is internationally advertised as being in Grant Park,
and is adjacent to ample parking, the zoo, and Fort Walker. All members
of the Committee agreed that the best location for the Cyclorama was for
it to remain in Grant Park. Mr. Delius explained that there was some
feeling among certain individuals that if the Cyclorama is rebuilt it
be located in a downtown area possibly adjacent to the auditorium where
it woul9 be immediately accessible to tourist traffic, etc. The Chairman
of the Parks Committee suggested that at the next Park Committee meeting
on August 15, 1967, that the matter be formally voted upon but that
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in the meantime Mr. Delius should contact all those individuals who have
expressed an interest in where the new Cyclorama should be located and
invite them to come before the August 15th meeting. The Committee agreed
that any and everything should be done possible within the capacity of
our present finances to begin study towards the renovation of the painting
proper and the construction of the new Cyclorama building.
Mr. Charles Davis, City Comptroller, suggested to the Committee and the
Parks Department that work should begin immediately on applications for
matching Federal funds relative to the above mentioned $350,000 and that
in addition, applications should be submitted for the purchase of park
lands in the norther portion of the West End Urban Renewal Area and in
the Rockdale Urban Renewal Area. In the case of the latter project,
originally only one park site was suggested for Rockdale1 however, the~e
appears to be three park sites now with two being donated and one having
to be purchased by the City. Mr. Davis said that somehow or other funds
would be made available for a park in the northern portion of the West
End Urban Renewal project and in the Rockdale Urban Renewal Project.
Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
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