A Proposed New Park in Auburn, AL – Ann Pearson Park
A new park was announced at a recent Auburn City Council meeting. Ann Pearson Park in Auburn will be the first park on the north side of town, and the project is set to move fast!
The park is named after Ann Pearson, an Auburn philanthropist and historic preservationist, the park not only honors her in name but also encompasses the Ann Pearson estate. Owned by Auburn University Real Estate Foundation Inc., the 47-acre estate is overseen by the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust. Auburn University Real Estate Foundation, Inc. approached the city and offered the use of the property for a passive park.
The Georgia-Alabama Land Trust is the largest regional land trust in the Southeast and has jurisdiction over the property’s conservation easement. According to reports, the Pearson family put the property with the land trust in order to prevent it from being developed.
City Manager Megan McGowen Crouch announced that it is under this trust that the passive park project has been approved.
Plans for Ann Pearson Park in Auburn have already been developed and received the trust’s stamp of approval. These plans include:
- Nature playground
- One-mile gravel trail
- Nature trail
- Large open space
- Exercise stations
- Disc golf course
- Picnic areas
- Hammock pods
- A 600-square-foot pavilion | A 300-square-foot pavilion
Under the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust conservation easement, organized ball fields are not allowed. This doesn’t mean families are not allowed to play soccer or throw a ball; it just means there are no athletics in competition format that can take place there.
Once open, you can find Ann Pearson Park in Auburn off north Shelton Mill Road, across from the Pearson family home and Noble Hall, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
As the population of Auburn continues to expand, so do the projects and opportunities in the town, and Ann Pearson Park is just one of many highly-anticipated community projects.
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