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Boat Rock Issues Develop 07.27.2001
Posted on Friday, March 12
by Robert

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Plans are currently underway to turn approximately 200+ acres adjacent to Boat Rock road into a mixed use development. This area contains nearly 20 acres of granite egg shaped boulders that have provided a green oasis to urban Atlanta climbers. Atlanta climbers are not strangers to urban sprawl and it's many repercussions.

Brad McLeod pinches and pulls his way up a blank arete at Boat Rock. Photo by Ashley McLeod.
Plans are currently underway to turn approximately 200+ acres adjacent to Boat Rock road into a mixed use development. This area contains nearly 20 acres of granite egg shaped boulders that have provided a green oasis to urban Atlanta climbers. Atlanta climbers are not strangers to urban sprawl and it's many repercussions. Last year, a portion of the Boat Rock boulders known as "The Backside" was lost to upscale residential subdivision construction. Local activists, along with the Access Fund and The Southeastern Climbers Coalition have banded together to collect petitions and try and preserve the remaining clusters of boulders.

The developer explained in a recent phone conversation that "he would not rule out the use of the area for climbers or public green space use", but did not want to get anyone's hopes up. He currently does not have plans to destroy the boulders, but explained that many alternative designs are under review. A meeting in September with Fulton County for rezoning will determine how the property will be developed. The developer said that he would meet with local climbers to address climbing access issues at that time. Check the SCC website: www.seclimbers.org for updates on this issue.

If you can't or don't have the time to get involved in the fight to save Boat Rock you can still help. We have set up a paypal account through which you can donate money towards the Boat Rock Cause. The link is at the bottom of our donations page. You can get there by clicking here.

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