A very confident forecast for very bad weather has forced the cancellation of the ribbon cutting ceremony for Boulevard Woods originally scheduled to take place Friday, January 22. The ribbon cutting will be rescheduled soon, and we’ll let you know about that here.
Athens-Clarke County government has scheduled the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Boulevard Woods on Friday, January 22 at 2 pm.
After the ribbon is cut, Boulevard Woods will be officially open to the public and officially an ACC park.
Participating in the brief event will be the many partners that made this project possible. This includes neighborhood residents, community supporters, representatives from non-profits and foundations and staff from ACC’s Leisure Services Department (among many other departments)—and the Mayor and Commission.
When the weather is warmer, we’ll be having a celebratory party but in the meantime please join us to witness the ribbon-cutting.
With the recent installation of sod, Boulevard Woods now has a beautiful green lawn. All of the concrete for the path and the entrance area has now been poured. The masonry work is done—all the seating/retaining walls are complete. A tulip poplar tree and a whole bunch of native shrubbery have been planted in addition to the dogwood trees. There’s still more work to be done (of course!), but this construction site is suddenly looking like a park—and a nice one at that. Please come by and check it out, but stay off the grass for now. (We’ve got to let it grow in for another week or so.) We hope to announce a date for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the next few weeks.
The pouring of concrete for pathways has begun. With a portion of the looped pathway on the Barber Street-facing part of the park now poured, the form of Boulevard Woods is rapidly emerging.
All the granite cladding for the retaining and seating walls—except for areas around the metal pillars that will eventually support an archway sign—is now done. Workers will shortly complete the wooden formwork that will shape the concrete paths. That concrete will be poured and spread soon, possibly even as this is being written. Areas around the two street-facing magnolias have been mulched—and it looks and smells good.
There’s still some granite cladding to be put in place, but the park’s seating and retaining walls are now more than half-way complete. Workers are beginning to spread gravel along where the paved concrete path will soon be poured. And the dogwoods facing Barber Street have been planted. The contractor—Andrew Wahlers of Cultivation, LLC—now estimates completing the project by early October.
The Flagpole’s Guide to Athens, Georgia now includes a listing for Boulevard Woods. Look, there it is nestled alphabetically—and oh-so-tangibly in black and white—between Bishop Park and Dudley Park in the guide’s parks and recreation section.
At deadline time for the guide, a mid-September opening seemed likely. Now, due to the unforeseeable vagaries of construction projects and weather, it turns out that the opening is more likely to happen a little later, in mid-October.
Been wanting to say this for a long time…We’ve started construction of Boulevard Woods!
Crosswalks have been installed already, thanks to Athens-Clarke County’s public works department.
With luck we’ll have a park in about 90 days.
The park itself is being constructed by Andrew Wahlers and his small crew of Cultivation, LLC. The project is being supervised on behalf of the Athens Land Trust, Inc. by Josh Koons of Koons Environmental Design, Inc. They all deserve our special thanks during this phase of the project.
Stay tuned for more construction updates, volunteer work opportunities, and for details about a grand-opening party.
With a unanimous vote at its Feb. 3 regular session meeting, the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission gave the final green light to the Boulevard Woods project.
We’re not sure of the exact date that we’ll be able to break ground to build the park, but we’ll let you know in the coming weeks. That’s right: the next step is actual construction. (Can you believe it?)
Thank you Mayor Denson, and Commissioners!