Milton to buy Deerfield site for use as active park space

by Fulton Watch News Feed

MILTON, Ga. — Milton City officials approved an agreement April 22 to acquire a 21.37-acre property at 300 Deerfield Parkway for active park space.

Crescent Communities, which owns the site across the street from the Verizon campus between Ga. 9, Windward Parkway and Webb Road, is asking for $8 million.

The city set aside funds for the purchase in two accounts within the capital improvement plan in its 2024 budget.

Adding active park space is called for in multiple council-approved planning documents, including the 2021-25 Strategic and 2040 Comprehensive plans.

During the council meeting, resident Jon Lundstedt spoke in favor of the city’s pursuit of active park space, adding that he is not officially advocating on behalf of one particular organization serving young athletes.

“A lot of different sports teams and a lot of people are all working together to try to get this active park thing going,” Lundstedt said. “I just want to say the community is very excited.”

He said fields are already overcrowded with summertime around the corner.

Parks and Recreation Director Tom McKlveen said his department’s Comprehensive Master Plan calls for an additional 40 to 60 acres of active park space be developed to accommodate the city’s future growth.

The sale is pending a 90-day due diligence period. If the city determines the property is a fit for future ball fields, the closing will follow within 30 days after the due diligence period ends.

The surrounding area of the proposed park includes the Deerfield Professional Center, Lake Deerfield Townhome Community, Walmart, Fry’s Electronics and Home Depot.

“It’s worth noting that while there’s a lot of tree canopy, none of this property is located in flood plain,” McKlveen said. “Staff is currently engaged with a parks planning consultant to provide the city with high-level site…

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