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A New Vision for Heritage Park and the Chattahoochee Promenade

Thank you for participating in this project through your responses in the Chattahoochee Promenade Survey.  

The project involves the city-owned property at the Chattahoochee Promenade – located along the riverbank from roughly 7th Street to 5th Street and Heritage Park – located at 703 Broadway.  

 

What is Heritage Park? What is Heritage Park? Heritage Park was completed in 1999 to celebrate the industrial history of the Chattahoochee Valley. The park's development was funded by Historic Columbus (HCF), private foundations, and individual donor families.  Over $2.2 million was raised. At its completion, Heritage Park was deeded to the Columbus Consolidated Government. By 2016, the large water feature was no longer functioning.  Historic Columbus worked with the Parks and Rec staff to obtain estimates – at first, it was thought about $80,000 would be able to properly repair the pumps but further investigation from professionals made us all realize that a total redesign and new pump system would be needed with a cost of about $250 to 300,000.  Parks and Rec also attempted to secure funds through the city's regular budgeting process over the course of a few years but was ultimately unsuccessful.  The City is currently responsible for all maintenance and repairs in Heritage Park.

 

In further discussion, the main concern expressed by both Historic Columbus and city administrative staff was future maintenance. The fear and probable reality would be that we will end back up in this same situation every three to five years looking once again at another significant investment in the water feature.  So, the question became – while replacing the entire pump system and fixing the design issues would be the simplest solution, would it be the best one?

 

Beginning in 2021, Historic Columbus developed an alternative solution for Heritage Park while recognizing HCF’s obligation to the original park donors, its membership, the neighborhood, and the community. This alternative includes not only revisioning the Heritage Park site, but also the nearby Chattahoochee Promenade (across Front Avenue and south of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center) and includes an exciting new proposal for how the community shares its history within the public realm. 

The development of an alternative solution included an $18,000 investment in a partnership between HCF and Natural Resource Consulting, Inc. to conduct a Tree Survey and with Hecht Burdeshaw Visioning Plan for Heritage Park and the Chattahoochee Promenade. You can review the results of the Tree Survey here.

Current Heritage Park Site

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The overall concept is to revitalize the common greenspace of the Chattahoochee Promenade, expand the history of our city told within it, restore the Heritage Park property to residential use, and save five endangered historic structures (including the historic house currently located on the Promenade).  The project would be completed in an 18-month timeframe, following these steps by Historic Columbus:  

 

1. Request the return of the Heritage Park property to Historic Columbus ownership.

 

2. Conduct a public meeting and present the vision of the overall project.

 

3. Following the hopeful approval of the transfer, the next step is for HCF to move the industrial history educational elements currently located within Heritage Park to the Chattahoochee Promenade.

 

4. Then, HCF (thanks to a partnership with the City, Westville, and a private family) will relocate five historic structures (pictured below) to the former Heritage Park site and return the property to its original, residential use. The five houses would then be stabilized and sold into sympathetic hands to complete the renovation work to become single-family homes once again.  Historic Columbus would also include deed restrictions to limit the use to residential and long-term rentals only.  The entire Heritage Park property would also return to the City's tax rolls.

5. The last component would be the revitalization of the Promenade to include riverbank clean-up, rehabilitation of the existing hardscape features, an expansion of the history of our city through the relocated industrial history elements with updated interpretation, and a new history trail.

How the Community Benefits from this Project

Historic Columbus has also put together a public survey to solicit information from the neighborhood and the community at the Public Meeting.  HCF wants more information about how the public and neighborhood currently use the Promenade and how they would like to use it in the future. This information will help solidify the final vision.

 

This is an exciting opportunity to provide a new attraction for the neighborhood, community at large, and tourists through a re-imagined public space that is more engaging and more inclusive.  A revitalized Chattahoochee Promenade will include a new history trail telling more of our community’s history (including Native American and African American history), new signage, and the elements from Heritage Park that tell the story of our industrial history.  

Thank you for participating in this project through your responses in the Chattahoochee Promenade Survey.  

Heritage Park Proposed Parcel Layout Concept

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Heritage Park and Chattahoochee Promenade Parcel 

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Current Heritage Park Site Rendering

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Proposed Heritage Park Concept

Homes Relocating Heritage Park

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JUNIPER HOUSE, C. 1880

PROMENADE HOUSE, C. 1885

MOYE HOUSE, C. 1840

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BRYAN HOUSE, C. 1830

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RAWSON HOUSE, C. 1840

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Chattahoochee Promenade Proposed Concept

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Before & After Concept Renderings

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Current Heritage Park Site

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Current Heritage Park Site

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Proposed Heritage Park Concept

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Proposed Heritage Park Concept

Please note, the visuals for the Chattahoochee Promenade are still in CONCEPT form.  The feedback produced by this survey will help refine the revitalization plans and make the Chattahoochee Promenade a better public space.  Historic Columbus is also continuing to work with CSU and Foundation Properties on the possible expansion of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.  Their plans have not been finalized and what you see depicted is a potential of a design.  Those continued discussions will also help firm the design of the current Flag Court space.  

Project Funding

Historic Columbus will be funding the entire project with cash we have on hand in the range of between $2 to $2.5 million. Proceeds from the sale of the houses would go back into HCF’s Revolving – Redevelopment Fund for future preservation projects.   

•    Heritage Park improvements are estimated at around $1M

•    Promenade improvements are estimated at around $1M

•    HCF is able to fully fund the project with funds on hand today and will develop a long-term maintenance fund for the Promenade

Thank you for participating in this project through your responses in the Chattahoochee Promenade Survey.