The Moving focus group was facilitated by Beth White Ganga, co-chair of the Tucker Civic Association Parks and Green Space Committee. Participants included representatives from the “Friends of Parks” groups from Tucker Nature Preserve, Johns Homestead, Kelley Cofer Park and Henderson Park.
The group discussed Tucker’s strengths, including its convenient location, diverse population, affordable homes, quaint downtown, sense of history, high level of community involvement, and access to parks, the library and the recreation center.
The group agreed that lack of sidewalks is the most important transportation issue facing Tucker. Old Norcross Rd., Henderson Rd., Cooledge Rd. and Hugh Howell Rd. were mentioned as having the most need. The prevalence of pedestrians using motorized wheelchairs in the roadways was also mentioned as a concern.
Other transportation needs discussed included multi-use paths, such as those constructed by the PATH Foundation. Tucker lies just north of the Stone Mountain Trail, and the group agreed that connecting Tucker to this trail would be a good idea. Improved MARTA bus stops were also mentioned.
The group also made a list of needs at several of the parks. The lack of a dog park in Tucker has been a concern of residents for a number of years. Several of the Friends of Parks representatives indicated that they are currently trying to work with the county to convert some underutilized park space into a dog park.
The revitalized Main Street was mentioned as a positive in our community, but it was discussed that it would be nice to have a public gathering place that did not require closing down the street each time there is an event. Tucker Nature Preserve was discussed as a possible location for public events such as movie nights or concerts.