The Atlanta Urban Resources Partnership (AURP) began to focus their technical expertise and limited funding that would exemplify and focus the federal agency's activities in natural resources protection in the Atlanta area. The effort has taken more than one year to organize and define after numerous meetings with local stakeholder organizations. The project which best fit the objectives of AURP and several non-profit, business, state and local government organizations was identified as the Chattahoochee Riverway.
Developing close ties with the local community
and several other organizations that were interested in the project led
to the Chattahoochee Riverway Project. Working closely with the Trust for
Public Land, City of Atlanta, Fulton County and the Georgia Chapter of
the American Society of Landscape Architects (Ga. ASLA), the Partnership
identified specific locations along a twelve mile corridor (from Peachtree
Creek to Camp Creek Parkway) to develop a community vision for the riverway.
One site, identified as the Georgia Power property, has moved beyond the
visioning process to construction documents and a series of demonstration
The Community Assistance Team is composed of fourteen volunteer designers who represent an array of disciplines including landscape architecture, planning, civil engineering, bioengineering, hydrology, and wetland delineation. After the team was created, the designers met with Neighborhood Planning Units (NPU) and other established community organizations to initiate the project. Conversations with a number of private and public entities were intended to build support and consensus for the project. The design team held a number of public participation meetings to gather community input and support. The process included the presentation of the existing conditions to generate a community list of wishes that the design team would use for the programming of the conceptual plan.