In the News: Passive Park on Shelton Mill Road

passive park on Shelton Mill Road

Last month, the Auburn City Council announced an upcoming passive park on Shelton Mill Road during their mid-year budget presentation. Now, the city is moving forward with a design, and construction should soon be underway.

About the upcoming park

Officially named Ann Pearson Park after the late property owner and one of Auburn’s best-known philanthropists, the future passive park on Shelton Mill Road includes about 47 acres of the former family estate. 

According to reports, the land is currently owned by Auburn University Real Estate Foundation Inc. and is managed by the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust. The University approached the city, offering the use of the land as a passive park.

More about the project

For now, plans for the passive park on Shelton Mill Road include:

  • a one-mile gravel outer loop trail;
  • picnic areas;
  • a nature playground;
  • hammock pods;
  • exercise stations;
  • two pavilions;
  • a nature trail
  • open green space and
  • restrooms

Another feature that is allowed under the land trust is a possible disc golf course, which could be something added to the passive park later. But because there is a conservation easement on the property, no official organized sports fields are allowed. 

However, families and friends will be welcome to bring their own soccer balls or Wiffle balls and bats for pick-up games, for instance. 


The park will be located across the street from Noble Hall, Ann Pearson’s beloved family home, past the East University Drive intersection. It will border Saugahatchee Creek in north Auburn. 

Noble Hall, which is located at 1433 Shelton Mill Road, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March 1972.

In addition, this location is only one mile from us here at Shelton Mill Townhomes! 


While we wait for this new park, residents can get out and enjoy the green spaces, playground and tennis and basketball courts at Shelton Mill Townhomes! Not a current resident? Not a problem! Contact us to ask about upcoming availability. Keep reading our blogs for more community news and events.