The city center project weaves together all elements of the civic master plan, encompassing a five street grid and centered on a one-acre Town Green. This main lawn is designed to be classic yet fluid, an inviting space for farmers markets, concerts, and recreation. A central fountain offers an inviting play space for children on hot days and becomes a glowing beacon for the city at night. Mature shade trees provide an instant timelessness to the lawn, as they frame the long vista to the new City Hall.
Tree preservation and reforestation were crucial concepts in maintaining the site’s character throughout the master plan. The signature feature of this approach is a five-acre city park. The park features numerous specimen trees, and the salvaging of one fifty-inch oak became an issue that got the mayor, city council, and public involved in the process. We completed a health evaluation of all trees and educated all involved on the assessment criteria to better understand why certain trees were chosen as specimens, some slated for removal, and where reforestation would occur.
Mayor David Belle Isle
City of Alpharetta