Sandy Springs is a city in northern Fulton County, Georgia, United States, and part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The boundaries of Sandy Springs are Atlanta to the south, Cobb County (at the Chattahoochee River) to the west and north, Roswell (also at the river) to the north, and Dunwoody and Brookhaven, at the DeKalb County line, to the east. A small panhandle in the northeast extends between the Chattahoochee River to the north and Dunwoody to the south, ending in a very small border with Peachtree Corners in Gwinnett County.
In 1842, the Austin-Johnson House was erected on what is now Johnson Ferry Road. It is the oldest house in Sandy Springs. In 1851, Wilson Spruill donated 5 acres of land for the founding of the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, near the natural spring for which the city is named. In 1950, the state legislature blocked Atlanta from annexing the community, which remained rural until the Interstate Highway System was authorized by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. In the early 1960s, Georgia 400 and Interstate 285 were constructed, connecting Sandy Springs to metro Atlanta and initiating a housing boom that brought new residents and major land development. In 2005, a referendum was held and residents voted 94% to 6% in favor of incorporation after almost 3 decades of debate.
As of the 2010 census, Sandy Springs had a population of 93,853, and as of 2014 the estimated population was 101,908.
The largest employers within Sandy Springs are hospitals, headquarters and regional offices from a variety of industries including IBM, Cisco Systems and UPS.
Sandy Springs is home to three hospitals: Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, comprising 40 percent of the hospital beds in the region.
Public schools are operated by the Fulton County School System.
Elementary schools serving sections of Sandy Springs include Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary School, Heards Ferry Elementary School, High Point Elementary School, Ison Springs Elementary School, Lake Forest Elementary School, Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School, and Woodland Charter Elementary School. Two middle schools, Sandy Springs Middle School and Ridgeview Charter Middle School, and two high schools, North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences and Riverwood High School, are in and serve Sandy Springs.
Private schools located in Sandy Springs include Brandon Hall School (5th-12th), Springmont (preschool through middle school), Atlanta Jewish Academy (k–12), Holy Innocents Episcopal School (preschool through high school), Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (preschool through high school), St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School (k–8), The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy (k–8), The Felicia Penzell Weber Jewish Community High School, The Epstein School, (k-8), Holy Spirit Preparatory School, and Cumberland Academy.
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PARKS AND RECREATION
Sandy Springs’ sixteen parks and greenspaces offer more than 950 acres (380 ha) of parkland. Heritage Green – a 4-acre (1.6 ha) park at the center of Sandy Springs’ new downtown development. It is the site of the original underground springs for which the city is named and is anchored by the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. It is operated and managed by Heritage Sandy Springs, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through preserving and promoting the historic and cultural identity of Sandy Springs. Heritage Sandy Springs presents a full calendar of public programs and events, including the Sandy Springs Festival, museum exhibits, lectures and programs, three concert series, children’s educational and enrichment programming, and community gardening programs.
- Hammond Park – multipurpose building, gym, game room, AstroTurf soccer field, lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic pavilions, playground, restrooms
- Morgan Falls Overlook – picnic pavilions, children’s playground, boat dock/fishing pier, hiking trail, fire pit, porch swings, scenic views, restrooms
- Morgan Falls Athletic Complex – baseball and softball fields, football fields, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, concessions stand, restrooms
- Sandy Springs Tennis Center – Clubhouse, pro shop, restrooms, locker rooms, lighted tennis courts, jogging trail
- Abernathy Park – Tennis courts, playground, picnic tables, arts center
- Allen – playground, multipurpose court, walking trail, basketball court
- John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Nature – trails, tree, plant and wildlife sanctuary
- Ridgeview – nature trails, picnic pavilion, playground
- Abernathy Greenway – currently the city’s newest park; a linear park opened in 2014; features playable art sculptures
The PATH400 Greenway Trail is a multi-use trail under construction along the Georgia 400 tollway in Atlanta. Once complete, it will run from Sandy Springs to the Atlanta BeltLine.
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*Information and data compiled from various sources via Google Search