FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Every day, more than 35,000 cars travel Peachtree Parkway from Fulton to Forsyth counties. To benefit those drivers, the nonprofit Peachtree Parkway Improvement District wants to make it a nice trip.
And now the group is taking a big step forward after the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved seven beautification grants May 9. The grants total more than $50,000 and come from tipping fees the county collects from trash collectors who deposit in Forsyth County.
The Peachtree Parkway Improvement District encompasses a seven-mile stretch of Ga. 141 from Ga. 400 Exit 13 to Deer Lake Drive just north of McGinnis Ferry Road.
In March 2014, a group of property and business owners formed the PPID, taking charge of maintenance of the roadway.
Their goal is to create an aesthetically pleasing thoroughfare that will help brand the area as a community that cares, and also attract high quality businesses and residential developments that add value to Forsyth County.
One thing the group learned along the way is the county or state does not typically landscape medians. And at the time, there was nothing planned for Peachtree Parkway.
So the group divided the medians into 25 sections and will soon have 15 completely renovated.
Since its inception, the district has accomplished much, including:
Intergovernmental agreements have been signed between Forsyth County and Georgia Department of Transportation and between Forsyth County and the PPID transferring responsibility for the maintenance, mowing and refuse cleanup of the medians and right of way for the seven-mile strip along Ga. 141.
GDOT gives its annual budgeted allotment of $17,500 for maintenance along Ga. 141 in Forsyth County to the PPID.
GDOT has mowed twice a year along the medians and rights-of-ways, and picks up trash year round.
The first landscaped median has been installed in front of Big Creek Elementary School.
Installation should begin this summer in addition to other projects currently in progress.
PPID Chairwoman Kristin Morrissey said the group is grateful for the community’s support, including from the board and GDOT, local businesses, homeowner’s associations and residents who helped raise nearly $270,000 over the last few years.
It has been used for mowing, maintenance and recent landscaping installations.
She said they are working with commissioners outside of the District 2 area to facilitate a similar process for roads in their respective districts. The commissioners also approved May 9 beautification grants in:
District 3 at Ga. 9 to Fowler Road, Ga. 9 to Castleberry Road, Castleberry to Hutchinson Road
District 5 from Ga. 20 to Marketplace Boulevard and Samples Road.
“It’s an exciting process to go through to see Forsyth County become all it can be,” Morrissey said. “We’ve done the grunt work and have (the additional districts) basically ready. But it makes a difference if it goes through our normal process.”
To learn more about the district, visit peachtreeparkway.org.