Dunwoody is a city located in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. It is a northern suburb of Atlanta. Dunwoody was incorporated as a city on December 1, 2008. As of 2015, the city has a population of 48,733, up from 46,267 in the 2010 Census.
Dunwoody Village is the historic heart of the community, and the location of the iconic Dunwoody Farmhouse. The distinctive Colonial Williamsburg architectural style of the district originated with the construction of Dunwoody Village Shopping Center in the 1970s, for which the district gets its name. Since then, all other construction in the area followed suit, giving Dunwoody a unique architectural identity and sense of place.
The Dunwoody area was established in the early 1830s and is named for Major Charles Dunwody (1828–1905), an extra “o” added with the incorrect spelling of the name on a banking note. Charles Dunwody originally returned to Roswell after fighting in the Civil War, in which he fought for the secession of the Confederate states.
One of Dunwoody’s most historic buildings dates from 1829. The Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, at the corner of Roberts Drive and Spalding Drive, is still active to this date and is also the home to one of the city’s oldest cemeteries, where many of the founding fathers of Dunwoody are buried.
In 1881, the Roswell Railroad opened and ran along what is now Chamblee-Dunwoody Road north to the Chattahoochee River. It operated for 40 years, and in 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt made a campaign whistle stop in Dunwoody along the way to Roswell, Georgia.
On account of the railroad, Dunwoody developed into a small crossroads community. The community continued to grow and prosper even after the railroad shut down in 1921. Dunwoody remained rural until suburban residential development was initiated in the 1960s. In 1971, the Spruill family sold a large portion of their property for the construction of Perimeter Mall, with the completion of Dunwoody Village occurring the same year.
Perimeter Center is the major edge city and neighborhood that has formed around Perimeter Mall. The mall was developed in 1971, spurring major office, residential, and commercial developments in the decades since. It is one of Metro Atlanta’s largest job centers, employing hundreds of thousands of people each day. Perimeter Mall and approximately 40 percent of the Perimeter Community Improvement District is a self-taxing district of shopping and office buildings (including several high rises), are both located in Dunwoody. The western part of Perimeter Center edge city spans the Fulton county line into Sandy Springs. Perimeter Center is located at the intersection of two major highways, GA-400 and I-285. The Dunwoody Transit Station provides public transit to the district.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has its headquarters in the Perimeter Center and in Dunwoody. In 2010 the newspaper relocated its headquarters from Downtown Atlanta to leased offices in the Perimeter Center for financial reasons.
InterContinental Hotels Group operates its American corporate offices in Dunwoody.
The DeKalb County School System (DCSS) operates local public schools.
Elementary schools operated by DCSS in Dunwoody include Austin Elementary School, Chesnut Charter Elementary School, Kingsley Elementary School, Vanderlyn Elementary School, Dunwoody Elementary School.
Middle and High Schools include Peachtree Charter Middle School and Dunwoody High School.
Georgia State University, Dunwoody Campus (formerly Georgia Perimeter College), American InterContinental University (AIU Dunwoody) just across the county line in neighboring Sandy Springs and Troy University.
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PARKS AND RECREATION
With more than 170 acres of green space, Dunwoody residents and visitors, of all ages, can enjoy the many activities found in any one of the city’s seven major parks.
Dunwoody’s parks are home to several major community events each year and offer a variety of activities including skating, tennis, and more.
The City of Dunwoody takes pride in the facilities it has available so that citizens of all ages can play. Whether baseball is your passion or walking is your activity of choice, the City of Dunwoody has a wealth of recreation resources for you!
Parks include Brook Run Park (102 acres features a large children’s playground, 2-mile loop multi-use trail, skate park, dog park, community garden, and event pavilion.), Dunwoody Park (35 acres including Dunwoody Nature Park and baseball fields), Georgetown Park, North Dekalb Cultural Arts Center (6-acre property is a multi-arts complex conjoined to the Dunwoody Library), Dunwoody Trailway (a 12-foot wide, multi-use trail which connects across three distinctive parks in the City of Dunwoody: Brook Run Park, Pernoshal Park and Georgetown Park), and more.
The PATH400 Greenway Trail is a multi-use trail under construction along the Georgia 400 tollway in Atlanta. Once complete, it will run from Dunwoody to the Atlanta BeltLine.
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