Blackhall Studios Proposed Land Swap @ Intrenchment Creek

Hey all, here are some vital links that help fill in the context of ALL of what is going on—and what is at stake—followed by the actual proposed land swap and the other options available (including maps) …



The Proposed Land Swap Between Blackhall Studios and DeKalb County (PDF)

Current South River Trail System + Arabia and Rockdale Extensions (PDF)

Planting Hope for Atlanta's Water Resources (@ nature.org)



1) This map shows Intrenchment Creek as it is now (outlined in Blue), with the RC Airfield indicated. This is one of the features that would have to be replaced elsewhere by Blackhall if this goes through, along with the PATH and parking lot with pavilion. The Red outlines indicate property currently held by Blackhall:

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2) This is the proposed land swap, with the three parcels at the top going to the park in exchange for the Red outlined parcel going to Blackhall. The PATH would need to be re-routed through the remaining greenspace (shown here in Red), with a new parking lot and pavilion as well as a new trail head on Bouldercrest. Now- where would the airfield go? The only place is the new (swapped) parcel on the right hand side, which means no real woods there:

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3) This map shows another possibility. What if Blackhall could acquire and swap the land directly above Intrenchment Creek Park? That would join the Boulderwalk neighborhood directly to the park, without using Bouldercrest at all. It is currently owned by the City of Atlanta, along with the Prison Farm land to the west, along Intrenchment Creek. Say, that former target range would make a real nice RC Airfield- it's just about the same size! I bet the residents of Boulderwalk would much rather have that across the creek than guns and bombs being detonated by the APD! How about that for a land swap?

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4) Here is a slightly bigger picture of what is happening in the area. With Constitution Lakes to the southwest, and the South River Corridor directly to the south, we could tie all of this greenspace together- possibly through the Dekalb Greenspace existing in the floodplain between Blackhall's studios. Plans are already underway to connect these green spaces to the Beltline and neighborhoods in every direction, including East Atlanta. All of these pieces fit into a much larger picture envisioned by the Nature Conservancy and other groups:

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Picnic Brunch & Tour » Sunday September 18


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Join us for a potluck picnic brunch, and then enjoy a tour of Intrenchment Creek Park and the Old Atlanta Prison Farm, guided by Scott Petersen. Walk the trails of this unique landscape and see the natural beauty for yourself!

We'll start with the potluck picnic brunch @ 10:00am. Feel free to bring a dish to share! 

Tour will begin @ 11:15am

Hope to see you there!

Suggested donation of $5

PARKING: Parking lot located near the intersection of Bouldercrest Rd SE & West Side Place SE


Urban Land Institute Creates Feasibility Study for Prison Farm

The Urban Land Institute, or ULI, is a nonprofit research and education organization. Its stated mission is "to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide”. In September 2015 East Atlanta Community Association VP Dorian DeBarr presented an idea to the ULI to embark on a study (free of charge) surrounding the Old Prison Farm. We were then selected as one of the winners for their Atlanta “mini-Technical Assistance Program” (mTAP). 

This January I met with members of the mTAP team to brief them on our mission. They were excited to see the property, so I took them on a tour. Over  the next 4 months, the team conducted interviews with many city and county officials, researched past projects and local demographics as well as related projects around the city of Atlanta and beyond (including a Prison Farm park that was created in Kansas City)!

The end result was our Feasibility Analysis and Strategy booklet, which we can use to move our project forward. The mTAP team has also provided a list of contacts to meet with, and will provide introductions as we are ready.

Click on the link above to read our online copy of the booklet. There are many interesting facts and points of interest that you may not be aware of- read on and let us know what you think!


Life Drawing Events on Intrenchment Creek!

On April 17th we had a plein air art group come out to paint in our beautiful park. Artists brought their easels and paints down the trail from the South River Intrenchment Creek Trailhead (maps under “Information” above). We invited  lovely model Kate to pose against the scenic backdrop of the creek and the banks along the Old Atlanta Prison Farm. Beautiful paintings were created, and several visitors stopped by along their hike with friends and dogs. Take your next art excursion in this beautiful park!


Our Brand New Site + Upcoming Tours

Greetings, fellow Prison Farmers! We are excited to bring you our new website. We plan to use it to keep you all updated on our activities and how you can help us to turn this area into a beautiful eco park.

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First of all, the best way to familiarize yourself with this area is to take a tour. We have one soon, on April 2nd. Be sure to check our Facebook page for specifics on this tour: https://www.facebook.com/events/1697187810551422/

We will have more tours and special events in April and beyond. Hope to see you there!