By 1993, my husband and I were living off Ashford-Dunwoody Road and had two little ones. I had become a bit more familiar with the land called Alpharetta only because it was said that the new North Point Mall was to feature a huge merry-go-round. Naturally, that resonated in my world of kid things. But, according to information I've mined from newspaper archives, there was more than a merry-go-round being talked about in Alpharetta in 1993. For instance:
Fulton County had offered to sell Wills Park to Alpharetta for $10 million dollars. Wills Park, with its old baseball fields and really big draw, the Wills Park Equestrian Center, was the most visited place in the city at that time.
There was talk of adding a city-owned golf course.
Park improvements and a cultural arts center were being talked about. Expected price tag: $7 million dollars.
North Park was on the drawing board and was expected to include 4 softball fields, a playground, amphitheater, nature trails and a seniors center.
And stretching along Big Creek was land that Alpharetta was hoping to make into a linear park. Several major corporations had donated acreage as well as money to make this park a reality.
Since my brain is a regular library of lists and follow up items, I enjoy reading about Alpharetta's earlier wish lists for the city. It's amazing how many times a great idea is completely forgotten, like the idea of a bona fide cultural arts center. Where did that idea go? Might be time to re-visit it.