Tucker has contractors working all across the City on big projects to improve the amenities and level of service residents are getting. Some of these projects you’ve read about here in InTucker, others you might not be familiar with. Consider this your primer!
For years, users of Johns Homestead and Smoke Rise Park have had to either walk down a busy state highway to access the park or park their cars offsite. Soon, both those parks will have new parking lots onsite. This is expected to go a long way in increasing use of both of these Tucker gems.
As you read on page 4, the Mayor and City Council approved construction of a pair of pavilions, one in Smoke Rise Park and the other in Johns Homestead. While the pavilion at Smoke Rise will accommodate a small number of people, the pavilion at Johns Homestead could be the site of your next birthday party. It’s slated to accommodate 25 people!
Last month, crews got to work on the roof of Tucker Recreation Center, installing new solar paneling. The 133 solar panels are expected to generate 86 percent of the electricity needed to run Tucker’s lone recreation center. The project will slash utility bills and was completed, in part, thanks to $50,000 in grant money from the State of Georgia.
Peters Park Renovation
The City secured federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to bring an overhaul to this quaint neighborhood park. Look for new playground equipment, exercise apparatuses for adults and a new parking lot with easier access to one of Tucker’s best kept secrets.
Construction on a restroom at the Henderson Park tennis courts is slated to begin soon. This highly anticipated project is just another improvement to the tennis courts, following the courts’ resurfacing, new fencing and state-of-the-art lighting.
Bridges and Boardwalks
If the rainfall we’ve experienced in the past several months has taught anything, it’s the importance of elevated walkways along some of Tucker’s park trails. Projects will begin soon to build new bridges on the red trail at Henderson Park and a new boardwalk on the trail at Kelley Cofer Park. Also be on the lookout for a bridge renovation at Smoke Rise Park.
Lake Erin Dock
The dock at Henderson Park’s Lake Erin got a much-needed facelift last year thanks to a partnership between the City of Tucker and DeKalb County. This year, a second dock will be installed on Lake Erin, across the lake from the original dock. Prepare to enjoy a new place to sit and take in one of the most beautiful vistas in Tucker.