Sibley Park

April 20, 2011

The three parcels of land called Sibley Park, were designated as public green space on the first plat of Peachtree

John A. Sibley

Heights Park designed by New York architects Carrere and Hastings in 1910-11. Identified as “parkway”, the parcels contained the stream-side setting of a tributary of Peachtree Creek as it meandered through forest reservations and under West Wesley Road and Habersham Road before making its way to the Creek. Records at the Kenan Research Center of the Atlanta History Center tell a later story of the parks.

On February 1, 1928, the President of the Peachtree Heights Park Company, Eretus Rivers, deeded the three parcels to Fulton County for the sum of ten dollars. “The within described parcels of land are conveyed to said party of the second part for PARK PURPOSES and are to be perpetually maintained by it as such. Should any or all of the said tracts be abandoned or used for any purpose other than as Parks then the properties are to revert to the grantor, its successors or assigns.” (Fulton County Minutes of the Commissioners of Roads and Revenues, Vol. R, pages 46-47).

In 1937, the Peachtree Garden Club developed plans to improve what were described as “two vacant lots at the northeast and southeast corners of Wesley Avenue and Habersham Road”. The intention was to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the land with shrubbery, nature trails, birdbaths, lights, and park benches to provide the area with two “greatly needed” new parks. (Atlanta History Center, Garden Club Scrapbooks)

On November 19th, 1984 the Atlanta City Council adopted a resolution stating “that PHW Civic Association and Peachtree Battle Alliance organizations have adopted and will beautify and maintain the 3 parcels of land at the NE and SE corners of W. Wesley and Habersham Roads and the corner of Woodward Way and Habersham Roads, respectively known as Habersham Park and Woodward Way Park.”

Also on November 19, 1984, the Atlanta City Council adopted the following:

“AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF ATLANTA TO CHANGE THE NAMES OF TWO PARCELS OF LAND KNOWN AS HABERSHAM PARK AND ONE PARCEL OF LAND KNOWN AS WOODWARD WAY PARK TO SIBLEY PARK IN HONOR OF JOHN A. SIBLEY.” 11/05/84, REFERRED TO HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE. SECOND READING ADOPTED.

More recently, Sibley Park is suffering impacts from sewer work as mature trees are removed to permit work on the sewer lines. The park would benefit from the quality oversight and attention provided by earlier residents of the community. Starting in March, Valley Crest, the landscape maintenance company under contract with the Peachtree Battle Alliance, will add the borders of Sibley Park to its weekly maintenance schedule. Several area residents have expressed recent interest in cleaning up the litter and restoring neglected areas of the park.

Fun Facts: GPS latitude and longitude coordinates for the park are 33.8281601,-84.3940939

Elevation: 879 feet (268 meters) above sea level