Dunwoody Nature Center’s Thoughts on the new Austin Elementary

dnc logoAs you may be aware, yesterday the City of Dunwoody announced a real-estate transaction with the DeKalb County Board of Education that calls for the building of a new Austin Elementary School on the footprint of the current baseball fields in Dunwoody Park. The Nature Center and its Board of Directors have developed our strategic plan through the year 2020 with the potential Austin move in mind. Our plans for growth ensure that we are better positioned to serve Austin in its new location, as well as the surrounding community.

We are excited about the opportunity to work with the DeKalb County Board of Education and Austin Elementary in particular as they transition to Dunwoody Park. We have a long history of partnership with Austin from our tree house installation and gardening program to our upcoming Art in the Park event and are looking forward to expanding upon what we have already built. As the Nature Center continues to grow, we are happy to have the Austin community as a part of our mission of inspiring a love of nature and cultivating environmental understanding and stewardship.

What’s Next?

We hope to be an integral partner in the transition. Our plans are in place and we will work closely with the City of Dunwoody, the DeKalb County Board of education, and Austin Elementary to ensure that when the new school opens in August of 2019, we will be a stronger community because of it. We’d love to hear your feedback and what you’d like to see put in place with the partnership. Please feel free to email me directly with your opinion at alan@duwnoodynature.org

There are two public meetings scheduled for you to further share your feedback. The first is planned for Monday, October 17, 2016, 6 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall (41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103, Dunwoody, GA 30346) and the second is planned for October 25 at the same time and in the same location. We hope that you will be an active part of this process.

As these plans progress, we will continue to be in touch with you regarding how the Nature Center is planning for our growth and look forward to sharing further details with you regarding our plans.

Alan Mothner
Executive Director
Dunwoody Nature Center