Alpharetta City Council, mayor close all public parks; trails, paths, Big Creek Greenway remain open

To further push coronavirus prevention efforts, the city of Alpharetta closed all parks and park facilities at the March 23 City Council meeting. Trails, paths and the Big Creek Greenway are still open.
To further push coronavirus prevention efforts, the city of Alpharetta closed all parks and park facilities at the March 23 City Council meeting. Trails, paths and the Big Creek Greenway are still open. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

To further push coronavirus prevention efforts, the city of Alpharetta closed all parks and park facilities at the March 23 City Council meeting. Trails, paths and the Big Creek Greenway are still open. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Continuing with coronavirus response efforts, Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin and City Council members closed all city parks, park facilities, fields, pavilions, buildings, the Town Green, playgrounds and restrooms for the next 30 days via an emergency ordinance passed at the City Council meeting March 23. This means all active spaces—such as ball fields, basketball courts and tennis courts—are closed, and any parking lots for parks that have those amenities will also be closed, Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard said.

The ordinance can be repealed or extended by vote of the mayor and City Council members.


In the meantime, residents can still use the trails, paths and the Big Creek Greenway; however, as stated in the ordinance, individuals using these amenities are "prohibited from gathering in groups of 10 or more persons" or "failing to exercise social distancing of at least six feet from all other persons who do not reside in the same dwelling unit."

Alpharetta Code Enforcement officers and Alpharetta Department of Public Safety officers will be enforcing the measures of the ordinance. City staff will begin placing barricades at the entrances to the parking areas at most city parks to aid in enacting the ordinance, according to a March 24 press release from the city.
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.


MOST RECENT

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Refinancing isn't free:' How to navigate refinancing a mortgage

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments.

Coronavirus cell
Coronavirus in Georgia: State breaks single-day record again with over 3,400 cases reported July 2

While single-day state case counts are breaking records, Alpharetta and Milton have seen 201 and 109 cases, respectively, of COVID-19 so far.

Houston-based Christian Brothers Automotive operates more than 200 locations across the United States. (Courtesy Christian Brothers Automotive)
Q&A: Christian Brothers Automotive CEO talks commercial real estate, essential business operations amid pandemic

The Houston-based automotive company has franchise locations throughout Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Arizona.

In communities across the nation, Walmart Supercenter parking lots will be transformed into contact-free, drive-in movie theaters beginning in August. (Courtesy Walmart)
Walmart to bring drive-in movies to 160 stores nationwide in August, launch virtual summer camp

Families can also enjoy a virtual summer camp experience Walmart is launching July 8 with sessions led by celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Neil Patrick Harris and LeBron James.

Coronavirus cell
Coronavirus in Georgia: New record set in daily case counts with nearly 3,000 new cases reported

For the last 10 days, per-day COVID-19 case counts in Georgia have increased by quadruple-digit numbers, rising by a record high of 2,946 cases from June 30 to July 1.

Coronavirus cell
Coronavirus in Georgia: Case counts, current hospitalizations continuing to rise

COVID-19 case counts statewide increased by nearly 2,000 cases from yesterday to today, while current hospitalizations rose by 100 people to a record total of 1,459 current hospitalizations.

Fulton County Schools board members voted to delay the start of the school year by one week and discussed plans to reopen schools with faculty and staff wearing masks and taking other health and safety precautions due to the spread of COVID-19. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Fulton County Schools pushes fall start date to Aug. 17, opens registration for optional virtual school

Fulton County Schools board members voted to delay the start of the school year by one week and discussed plans to reopen schools with faculty and staff wearing masks and taking other health and safety precautions due to the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus cell
Coronavirus: Georgia reports highest daily totals of COVID-19 cases

Public health data shows that Georgia has seen its highest daily totals of reported COVID-19 cases in the last two days, rising by more than 2,200 cases each day June 28 and 29.

Tandoori chicken with a lemon slice and stem of cilantro, served on a plate
Zyka Indian Restaurant expected to open in Alpharetta in late July

Zyka Indian Restaurant is expected to open at the end of July on Brookside Parkway in Alpharetta.

Food displayed on a table
Milton Restaurant Week to debut this November

Milton Restaurant Week will take place Nov. 6-14, including local restaurants such as Your Pie, Cheeses & Mary, Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub and Scratch...fresh.

Coronavirus cell
Georgia case counts spike, outpacing testing increases; Alpharetta, Milton seeing less than 200 cases each

While case counts in Georgia are outpacing the number of viral tests being administered, the cities of Alpharetta and Milton are still seeing less than 200 cases of COVID-19 in each city.