Dunwoody votes against parks measure

DUNWOODY – Dunwoody residents on Tuesday overwhelmingly shot down a city proposal to buy and improve parks in the city.

Residents were asked to decide two measures – whether the city should issue $33 million in bonds to buy land for city parks and whether the city should issue $33 million in bonds to develop parks.

Residents decidedly shot down both measures. Only 33.3 percent of voters said the city should issue the bonds to buy land, while roughly 40.2 percent voted in favor of the improvement proposal.

Prior to the election, city officials already announced plans to close on a $19 million planned purchase of a 42-acre site on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, pending approval Tuesday. Officials wanted to raze a 785-unit apartment complex on the site and redevelop the land as a sports complex.

In addition to the parks proposal, residents approved Sunday package sales in the city, with 79.5 percent of voters casting ballots in favor of the measure.

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