Rodney Cook Sr. Park

As part of Mayor Kasim Reed’s vision of Atlanta being a top-tier sustainable City, the City has developed an innovative solution to the flooding challenges surrounding the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods. The Department of Watershed Management (DWM) and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) have partnered with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to build a park that alleviates stormwater flooding issues by strategically developing sustainable solutions and implementing green infrastructure (GI) practices for Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood at The Rodney Cook Sr. Park at the Historic Vine City.

Rodney Cook Sr. Park In the Historic Vine City will be a dynamic 16-acre neighborhood park situated along Joseph E. Boone Boulevard in the historic Vine City neighborhood providing a much-needed public space to Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods. The park will include a pond system that collects stormwater and alleviates much of the flooding that has plagued the area during major rain events. The park is being designed through a collaborative effort between the City of Atlanta, TPL, and most importantly, the community. The National Monuments Foundation (NMF) is responsible for designing and constructing monuments that honor the legacy of leaders with ties to the Vine City neighborhood.

When completed, Rodney Cook Sr. Park In the Historic Vine City will:

• Alleviate flooding using innovative stormwater practices that are seamlessly integrated into the surrounding park setting, similar to the Historic Fourth Ward Park.
• Provide sustainable venues for a multitude of recreational activities and spaces for community gathering
• Integrate necessary green infrastructure to relieve local flooding and reduce the burden on the City’s combined sewer infrastructure.
• Offer opportunities for job training and environmental education
• Honor the legacy of the neighborhoods’ history with the construction of monuments and statues of historic leaders. 

Atlanta’s Stormwater Management Solutions 

• Approximately 2.5 million gallons of runoff collected per year will be removed from the CSO system through evapotranspiration from the proposed green infrastructure practices
• Based on the past 6 years of daily rainfall, the pond is expected to capture an average of 37 million galllons of runoff per year from 150 acres.
• A hydraulic connection of the surface water to groundwater is not permitted by the regulatory bodies, due to trace amounts of contamination found in the groundwater.
• The remaining stormwater runoff, up to the 100-yr storm event, will be detained within the pond and slowly released back into the CSO system to prevent flooding in the surrounding areas.

Pipeline modeling in the Vine City vicinity demonstrates that the existing combined sewer trunk lines in the area have capacity limitations that can result in localized street flooding. By redirecting surface water away from the combined sewer trunk lines, essential capacity relief will be provided for the Beckwith combined trunk sewer.

The scope of the project includes:

• Installing a new capacity relief storage facility in Cook Park
• Installing 2,200 linear feet (LF) of 60-inch capacity relief trunk line
• Re-routing 1,100 LF of 96-inch combined trunk sewer
• Extending 1,400 LF of 48″ storm water drain to the Georgia World Congress Center
• Installing pipeline in the right-of-way along streets in the Vine City area
• Relocating Georgia Power transmission lines, remediating soils and relocating sewers

Justification:

• Enhances system operational efficiency and reliability
• Reduces frequency and cost of corrective and emergency maintenance
• Provides essential capacity relief to the Beckwith combined sewer trunk
• Decreases frequency and magnitude of flooding in the vicinity of Cook Park

Project Type: Watershed Protection
Project Start: 11/2014
Proposed Construction Start: 01/2017
Scheduled Completion: 11/2017
Project Budget: $14,620,000
Council District(s): 3
NPU(s): L
Project Status: Active / Design
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