What used to be a kudzu-covered stretch of land has now been cleared of underbrush, kudzu and litter and has become the Delano-Line Street Park. Through the combined efforts of the county’s parks and recreation department, workers in the workforce development program and volunteers from the White Oak Hills Neighborhood Association, this hidden jewel is now DeKalb’s first urban linear park.
It is estimated the prep work completed by the groups has saved the county about $250,000.
The White Oak Hills Community secured a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation which they used to purchase site furniture such as bench swings, benches and picnic tables. The ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 25 marked the continuation of the joint efforts in ensuring the Delano-Line Street Park flourishes.
“Without the hard work and dedication of the White Oak Hills Neighborhood Association, the completion of this park would not have taken place as soon as it has,” said Johnson.
More than 740 people, including students from Avondale High School, Midway Elementary, Peachcrest Elementary and the Museum School of Avondale Estates participated in volunteer activities, restoration projects and environmental education. More than 500 trees, shrubs and other vegetation were planted in the park.
Delano-Line Street Park a 17.69 acre linear park has a pavilion, picnic tables, bench swings, benches and a playground area, a walking trail and three wooden bridges crossing the stream on the site. The park stretches from Alston Drive at Dusty Lane to Line Street.