Brookhaven, GA, August 6, 2017 – The Post Reports — The City of Brookhaven says parents and students will begin the 2017-18 school year at Ashford Park Elementary School with more parking, new sidewalk, and improved access. The improvements were made possible by a dual-effort between the City and DeKalb County Schools.
The City and the County are splitting the $136,503 tab which was originally budgeted 21% higher, however the project ended up being completed under budget and ahead of schedule.
“Intergovernmental partnerships are an excellent opportunity to leverage resources and maximize results while getting the most bang for the buck for residents,” Mayor John Ernst said Friday. “It’s even better when we can collaborate to improve the quality and safety of our schools.”
The improvements in total add 320 feet of sidewalk to the existing network at the school, in addition to 29 new ADA compliant parking spots. Pedestrian and student safety is also improved through the construction of two raised crosswalks complete with reflective striping and signage, according to the City.
The project also incorporates aesthetic improvements which include the installation of sidewalk landscaping strips and 225 feet of stained wood fencing along the perimeter of the school. The project also sought to connect a local trail to the school through the development of a trailhead for student and pedestrian usage.