Phoenix II Park Playground
Phoenix II Park playground ribbon cutting takes place in Summerhill
Carter was proud to partner with the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill, Park Pride, and the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation to make playground improvements to Phoenix II Park in Summerhill. Representative David Dreyer (GA-59), Councilwoman Carla Smith (District 1), Commissioner Amy Phuong (Atlanta Parks and Recreation), and Executive Director Michael Halicki (Park Pride) were all on hand to commemorate the ribbon-cutting event on June 9, 2018. Carter donated funds to the project and program managed the installation of the playground at no cost to the neighborhood.
In 2015 the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill worked with Park Pride on a “Park Visioning Plan,” laying out a variety of improvements the neighborhood wished to be implemented at the park. Desired improvements ranged from improved playground equipment for children to increased outdoor lighting. Seeing the increase in families in the neighborhood, Carter worked with the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill on their application for a 2017 Park Pride Community Building Grant. The application, which included funding commitments from Carter and Councilwoman Carla Smith’s office, requested matching funds for additional playground equipment. Upon award, Carter then program managed the installation and unveiling of the playground.
Located steps away from Carter’s Summerhill project, Phoenix Park is an 11.3 acre park that served as the warm-up facility for the track and field athletes at the 1996 Olympic Games. In addition to the Park Pride grant, Phoenix II Park has also seen investment from Atlanta Track Club, who refurbished Phoenix Park’s track last Fall. Carter plans to continue its work with the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill for future park improvements.