Auburn Council Moves Forward with Pearson Park

Pearson Park will border Saugahatchee Creek and Shelton Mill Road and will be a passive park.


Auburn approved a professional services agreement to move forward with design of the Ann Pearson Park.
Pearson Park, as it is referred to, will border Saugahatchee Creek and Shelton Mill Road, and include a number of amenities for Auburn citizens.
The council approved the professional services agreement Tuesday night during the council meeting with Foresite Group, LLC “to provide design and construction phase services for the Ann Pearson Park Project in the estimated amount of $218,200. The services to be provided include land surveying, schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration.”
Some of the amenities of the park will include a disc golf course, nature playground, picnic areas, walking trails, hammock areas, gravel trail, exercise area, pavilions, rock council ring, a bridge and more.
The park will be a passive park, said City Manager Megan Crouch. This means no organized sports.
“The city is looking to serve an area of town where we have no existing parks and no [other] hope of acquiring property at a reasonable cost,” she said.
The park comes from the Alabama-Georgia Land Trust and therefore there are stipulations — but the land also comes to the city at a heavily discounted rate.
The council approved the biennial budget Tuesday night as well.
The budget was approved Oct. 22, 2022, to Sept. 30, 2023, and Oct. 1, 2023 through Sept. 30, 2024.
Ward 2 Council Member Kelley Griswold proposed an amendment to the budget removing a stipulation that gave the city manager more authority in the budget with a spending limit of $30,000.
It received a second but did not pass from the council.
Crouch said his was set in place to keep her from bringing everything — even small things — before the council. Auburn Mayor Ron Anders said this is typical for the city — it has done this in the past.
Other than this, the council passed the budget without discussion.

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  • The council approved the renewal of the GIS Fellowship for Auburn University for the 23-24 academic year for $20,000.
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