Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis volunteers Bo Crum and Joni Martin have been hard at work securing 51 new trees for the tennis center’s landscape.
The City of Atlanta would provide the trees for no charge, part of an effort to beautify Atlanta’s public landscapes and improve its tree canopy.
Based on the tennis center’s needs and the existing tree inventory at the City, landscape architect Martin Haber has created a tree list and planting plan (below) that will bring color, shade, and privacy to Bitsy’s borders.
The new trees would be located at the eastern and southern borders of the property and provide a buffer for neighbors. A second, later phase of the project would also add an allée to complement the holly buffer on the northern side of the soft courts.
The plan is currently being reviewed by the City’s Park Design Committee. If the plan is approved, the City will install the new trees and maintain them for two years, after which the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis will take over the maintenance (planting would begin no earlier than November). The Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis will also be responsible for additional hardscaping work and costs (sidewalk and drainage) for the allée.
Volunteer Bo Crum explained his enthusiasm for the project: “I’m dedicating time to this because I have a vision of a new, enhanced Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. These trees will really upgrade the environment here above other public tennis facilities in Atlanta, and offer our visitors color and beauty in all seasons.”
To support this project, please make a gift to the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis (FBGT), the 501(c)(3) non-profit that works to enhance and improve Bitsy Grant.