City of Atlanta
Georgia

Resolution
20-R-4009
Adopted Substitute
Aug 3, 2020 1:00 PM

A RESOLUTION BY COUNCILMEMBER ANTONIO BROWN AS SUBSTITUTED BY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE ESTABLISHING THE RODNEY COOK, SR. PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON IMPLEMENTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE FUTURE MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE PARK; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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Department:Office of Research and Policy AnalysisSponsors:Councilmember, District 3 Antonio Brown
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WHEREAS, in 2002 a torrential flood descended on Atlanta's historic Vine City and the  English Avenue Community which resulted in 160 families losing their homes; and  

 

WHEREAS,  the impetus for the 16-acre Rodney Cook, Sr. Park  (“the Park”) was born as a result of the floods; and   

 

WHEREAS,  the park is designed to alleviate any threats of future flooding by incorporating a sophisticated water management system, designed to absorb millions of gallons of stormwater, through engineered green space and a retention pond; and 

 

WHEREAS, the park plan  also incorporates amenities for visitors of all ages and abilities to gather, connect and enjoy nature, including a playground, splash pad, aeration fountain, great lawn, along with a market plaza and multi-purpose courts and an amphitheater to create a vibrant community destination; and 

 

WHEREAS,  the residents of Vine City have been integral to the development and planning of the Park and should continue to have input in the long-term  improvements and maintenance of the Park; and

 

WHEREAS,  establishing the Rodney Cook, Sr. Park Advisory Council (“the Advisory  Council”) will provide a conduit for members of the community to be involved in the future planning, maintenance, improvement and continued  advocacy for the park; and

 

WHEREAS, the Advisory Council should work to establish a “Friends of Rodney Cook, Sr. Park”, either through Park Pride, Inc or as a stand-alone non-profit entity, for the purpose of accepting donations for the long term maintenance and improvements in the Park; and

 

WHEREAS, the “Friends of Park” is a Park Pride initiative designed to engage the community to activate the power of parks by working collectively as local community leaders to improve neighborhood parks; and

 

WHEREAS, formation of a “Friends of Rodney Cook, Sr. Park” would be effective in creating positive and long-lasting changes in the Park, as registered ‘Friends of the Park’ groups have access to numerous programs and services to assist with greenspace initiatives; and

 

WHEREAS, the District 3 Councilmember has committed to contributing up to $10,000.00 towards the endeavor to establish a “Friends of Rodney Cook, Sr. Park Association”, as funds may be needed; and

             

WHEREAS, the Rodney Cook, Sr. Park Advisory Council will include members from the community, appointments by the city council, representation from several organizations invested in the long term improvements and maintenance of the park, and a representative from Park Pride, Inc. 

 

WHEREAS, the Advisory Council will seek to strengthen the Vine City neighborhood and engage the community residents in developing the park and work collectively to generate jobs, including construction, park maintenance, facility maintenance and urban farming opportunities that will benefit the local community residents.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA that the Rodney Cook, Sr. Park Advisory Council consisting of eleven (11) members is hereby established to engage the community and provide recommendations on implementing  policies  and procedures  for the future maintenance and improvement of the park.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Rodney Cook, Sr. Park Advisory Council shall include the following members:

·              One (1) member shall be appointed by the District 3 Councilmember

·              One (1) member shall be appointed by the Post 1 At-Large Councilmember

·              Two (2) members shall be representatives from Neighborhood Planning Unit-L; appointee cannot currently serve as an officer and must be appointed by a majority vote of the body

·              Two (2) members shall be representatives from the Vine City Civic Association; appointees cannot currently serve as an officer and must be appointed by a majority vote of the body   

·              One (1) member shall be a representative from The Trust for Public Land

·              One (1) member shall be a representative from West Side Future Fund

·              One (1) member shall be a representative from the Arthur M Blank Family Foundation

·              One (1) member shall be a representative of Park Pride, Inc

·              The Commissioner of Parks and Recreation or his designee shall serve as an ex-officio member

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Office of Municipal Clerk is hereby directed to notify the above individuals and organizations to request that the names of their nominees be submitted to the Office of Municipal Clerk.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that each member shall serve a term of Two (2) years and          may continue to serve until a successor is appointed.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Council will work to establish a “Friends of Rodney Cook, Sr. Park”, which will be a community-based vehicle for  sustained development within the park.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Rodney Cook, Sr. Park Advisory Council  shall submit a report annually to the Community Development and Human Services Committee on the activities  of the Council and/or any recommendations for maintenance and improvements.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,  that the Rodney Cook, Sr. Park Advisory Council shall  sunset one year from the date a “Friends of Rodney Cook, Sr. Park” is established.  

 

BE  IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that all resolutions and parts of resolutions in conflict are hereby rescinded.

 

Meeting History

Jun 1, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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REFERRED TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:REFERRED WITHOUT OBJECTION
Jun 9, 2020 1:30 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Michael Julian Bond, Post 1 At Large
SECONDER:Antonio Brown, Vice-Chair, District 3
AYES:Matt Westmoreland, Michael Julian Bond, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Antonio Brown, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Joyce M Sheperd
Jun 15, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

MEMBERS PRESENT: WESTMORELAND, ARCHIBONG, BROWN, SHEPERD, FAROKHI, BOND & SMITH

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Jun 23, 2020 1:30 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:HELD IN COMMITTEE
Jul 6, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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RETURNED AS HELD TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:RETURNED AS HELD
Jul 14, 2020 1:30 PM Video Community Development/Human Services Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:FAVORABLE ON SUBSTITUTE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Antonio Brown, Vice-Chair, District 3
SECONDER:Michael Julian Bond, Post 1 At-Large
AYES:Matt Westmoreland, Michael Julian Bond, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Antonio Brown, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Joyce M Sheperd
Aug 3, 2020 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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ADOPTED SUBSTITUTE BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 15 YEAS; 0 NAYS

RESULT:ADOPTED SUBSTITUTE [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Amir R Farokhi, Councilmember, District 2
SECONDER:Carla Smith, Councilmember, District 1
AYES:Michael Julian Bond, Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Antonio Brown, Cleta Winslow, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Jennifer N. Ide, Howard Shook, J. P. Matzigkeit, Dustin Hillis, Andrea L. Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd