City of Tucker to Expand Smoke Rise Park

TUCKER, Ga. (September 18, 2018) – The City of Tucker Parks and Recreation Department announced plans Tuesday to grow the 10.5-acre Smoke Rise Park. The expansion is small, yet strategic, in that the additional land will provide space for dedicated parking for those who use the park. 

“We’re so excited that the Mayor and City Council approved us to purchase this additional property,” explained Parks and Recreation Director Rip Robertson. “That they share our vision for improving Tucker’s beautiful parks assets and are willing to give us the resources to make that vision a reality is truly amazing.” 

The expansion comes after the City purchased the property at 5707 Hugh Howell Road, adjacent to Smoke Rise Park. Plans call for the property to accommodate four-to-five parking spaces. Smoke Rise Park currently has no parking, leaving it under-utilized. Additional improvements to the park will be discussed during the City’s ongoing Transportation Master Plan and Parks Master Plan processes. 

“Smoke Rise Park is not a passive park,” Robertson said. “There are footpaths, bridges, beautiful nature. Now with this small improvement, it’s sure to be a destination for folks all over Tucker.” 

The City of Tucker assumed responsibility for its Parks and Recreation services from DeKalb County in 2018. It is currently home to the busiest Recreation Center in DeKalb County, as well as 290 acres of parkland.

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