Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and Trees Atlanta are employing goats to rid ivy from the site of the future Enota Park.
The park is located between the Westside Trail, which is under construction and the Enota Place Playlot, located at the intersection of Enota Place and Sells Avenue Southwest. A press release from ABI notes that curious spectators can only view the goats via the Playlot. The space is currently overrun with ivy and kudzu.
But there’s a fix for that.
“The goats will be focused on a small area within the future park and are expected to consume that ivy within two weeks,” the press release says. “They will begin their work on Jan. 23, 2017.”
The neighbors are welcome to visit the goats during park hours, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
“The grazing area will be located adjacent to the playlot to the north and northeast,” ABI says. “The goats will be enclosed in an electric pet fence. Signs on the fence will provide safety precautions for spectators. Get Your Goat recommends that dog walkers keep their pets on a leash around the protective fence for safety.”
There will also be a “Greet the Goats” event on Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Since September 2016, Trees Atlanta and many community partners have been working on a major restoration of Enota Park, a 12-acre greenspace in Southwest Atlanta,” the press release says. “Mature hardwood trees, which cover much of the site, are considered a significant asset to the park because they represent a historic grove in a part of the city where tree canopy is spotty. These trees also provide a much-needed buffer to the adjacent I-20 highway borders the park on the north. Unfortunately, invasive species have overtaken much of the area, including high concentrations of privet, kudzu and English ivy.”