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The Outdoor Activity Center Stream Restoration project site is located within a 26-acre urban nature preserve in southwest Atlanta. The Outdoor Activity Center (OAC) is property of the City of Atlanta located at 1442 Richland Road within the Oakland City neighborhood. The preserve and environmental education programs are managed by the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA), a local 501c(3) non-profit organization.


The project was developed as a part of the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management Green Infrastructure Design Challenge. The winning team for the design challenge is led by Volkert, Inc., with the following partners: Dix Hite + Partners Inc., Accura Engineering, Inc., Community Representative, Mr. Darryl Haddock of WAWA, and Student Team Member and Oa


kland City resident, Mr. Kyle Lamont.


The scope of the project is to employ nature-based design solutions to create construction documents for the enhancement of the site and quality of waters that flow to North Utoy Creek. Plans for the work will incorporate green infrastructure to facilitate the enhancements.


Project objectives include:

 Restoration of stormwater and natural seep surface flows to a remnant stream channel on the property by partially blocking inlets to underground stormwater pipe and constructing a new stream channel seg


ment.  Stabilization of an actively eroding gulley by constructing a regenerative step pool conveyance to manage stormwater flows into the property from Plaza Avenue. The step pool conveyance reduces the energy and velocity of flows by creating pools that are reinforced with large boulders to emulate a cascading stream.  Connecting the restored stream to a constructed floodplain at the northeast corner of the property to enhance water quality and manage the rate of runoff into the restored stream.  Including a viewing platform to provide enhanced access to the new environmental features and increase educational opportunities for OAC visitors.

Field surveys and geotechnical work are currently wrapping up. The surveys included boundary, topographic, and utility surveys as well as tree and invasive species surveys. A wetland assessment has also been performed.


Preliminary design planning and hydrologic and hydraulic analysis are underway. Community communication planning and coordination will continue.


The project design work is expected to be completed by mid-June with construction starting afterward at a currently unknown sched


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Summer Camp Registration


Registration is OPEN for our Summer Break O-Academy and we are accepting scholarship applications for families with a financial need.



O-ACADEMY Camp at the Outdoor Activity Center (OAC) provides youth, ages 5-12, with a safe and supportive place to explore nature and help care for our environment. Hosted by West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, our experienced staff are environmental educators and certified interpretive guides, who foster outdoor skills. They are caring, creative and will help your child make meaningful connections to nature.


June 1-4 REGISTER

July 5-9 REGISTER

July 26-30 REGISTER


Camp Scholarships


WAWA offers a limited number of O-Academy scholarships for youth ages 5-12. Please fill out this form to be considered. You must also complete a camp registration form and an emergency release form so that we can process your enrollment. WAWA education and administrative staff will award scholarships based on one or more of the following criteria:


▪ Financial need (Household Income) ▪ Proximity to the Outdoor Activity center ▪ Interest and involvement in environmental education/nature/the outdoors ▪ Potential for growth and development through the O-Academy experience

Scholarship recipients must adhere to the following: ▪ Your application must be submitted by May 14, 2021 at 11:59PM EST. ▪ Scholarship recipients will be expected to attend the full week of camp. ▪ Scholarship recipients will commit to completing a video testimony, which will be conducted by a WAWA staff member on the last day of camp. The video will be used as feedback to improve the camp, and the video will also be used on WAWA’s digital channels to promote O-Academy in the future. ▪Once the family has received notification that they are a recipient, scholarship recipients will be required to pay a $25 registration fee when registering for camp via the EventBrite registration, ▪ Priority will be given to families that have not received an O-ACADEMY scholarship previously.

The scholarship closes May 14. (REGISTRATION / SCHOLARSHIP)


Scholarship Application APPLY NOW

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