New building, new plaza, new North Springs

Once the construction finished for North Springs’ new front entrance, the Friends of North Springs (FONS) organization decided it was time to upgrade the island outside the new entrance by the bus drop-off plaza.

The recent addition, which was completed in February, took away from the area where the flag pole once stood, so the new plaza will be a space for Friday morning pep rallies, pre-game dinners, and general hangouts.

“The money FCS (Fulton County Schools) contributed to the plaza came through SPLOST funds which have a very specific use,” said Mary Reid, FONS leader of grant opportunities. “Since the former plaza where we used to have pep rallies and other gatherings got demolished, they were allowed through the rules that guide what SPLOST dollars are spent on, to replace it with another area for our students and community to gather.”

The main part of the plaza will consist of all of the legacy bricks sold by FONS. These bricks can be purchased on the FONS website to honor one’s self, a teacher, a team, or anything in between.

Above are the plans for the "island" that will finish construction in late April

Above are the plans for the “island” that will finish construction in late April

“The new landscape will be Mediterranean inspired based on North Springs’ Spartan heritage,” said Reid.

Peter Ciepluch, a 2007 North Springs graduate who is now a landscape architect, helped with the initial design. His vision was to create a “botanical garden feel that would enhance the front of the school but be environmentally responsible and sustainable”.

The plaza will include many plants, trees, bio-retention ponds, grass, a new flagpole, the legacy bricks, and more.

Many organizations and people have contributed to the plaza, including Dr. Ruiz, Fulton County Schools, FONS through donations from parents, Dixie Speck from Solterra Design with most of the plantings, Sandy Springs’ mayor Rusty Paul, Leadership Sandy Springs, the PTO, and more.

The construction is not expected to take as long as the addition to the main building did. The goal is for the plaza to be completed by the end of March. On April 25, volunteers from Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs will spread more straw and plant the final plants.

“We hope that some of our students come to participate and support the effort that day,” replied Reid. If you sign up through the Leadership Sandy Springs website, you will receive a free T-shirt and delicious breakfast!”

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