The old Austin Elementary School, located at 5435 Roberts Drive, will be demolished to create 12 acres of park space.
By Zachary Hansen
Dunwoody is demolishing an old elementary school to create 12 acres of park space, and the city is asking for the public’s input on how to develop the land.
“What we’ll have after demolition is a nice open green space that the community can use for a passive recreation use,” Dunwoody Parks & Recreation Director Brent Walker said in the release. “The space could be used for athletic facilities. It has some nice wooded areas for passive use and natural surface trails. It could also be used for a future community center or indoor gymnasium.”
The city obtained the Roberts Drive site in 2016 as the result of a land swap with the county. The city was given the old elementary school site in exchange for a plot of land about a quarter of a mile south, which the DeKalb County School District used to build a new Austin Elementary School. The new school, which was constructed at 5321 Roberts Drive to address overcrowding in the Dunwoody area, opened earlier this year.
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