People and Places

Grant Park Conservancy to Take Part in Park Pride’s Visioning Program

By Caren West

Atlanta, Georgia (June 5, 2018) – Grant Park Conservancy is one of two organizations in the City of Atlanta that have been awarded the opportunity to be a part of Park Pride’s esteemed Park Visioning Program centered around community-supported design, education and open dialogue. Led by professional landscape architects on Park Pride’s staff, the Park Visioning Program will guide the Conservancy and Grant Park stakeholders and residents through a process that will turn the community’s vision for approximately eight acres of the southeast corner of the park into a conceptual master plan.

“As we celebrate the park’s 135th anniversary this year, we could not think of a better time to officially kick-off our efforts with Park Pride and its Visioning Program. The process will enable everyone to work together and present a unified voice as we plan as a community for the park’s future,” says Michelle Blackmon, Grant Park’s Conservancy Executive Director.

The Conservancy, along with a steering committee of community members assembled to help guide the process, has announced the dates for the community input sessions for those interested in being a part of this exciting project.

Community Input Sessions:

  • Sunday, June 10, 10:00am to 11:00am – Walk the project site and discuss “big ideas” for the area. The site includes the section of the Boulevard parking lot that is not part of the Grant Park Gateway Project through Ft. Walker and down to Atlanta Avenue.
  • Meet at Ft. Walker, intersection of Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue. Rain location: The Circus School, 575 Boulevard.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Participate in a design workshop. The Circus School, 575 Boulevard.
  • Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26 – all day. Stop by the visioning booth at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival to give feedback on preliminary design proposals.
  • Saturday, September 22, 9:00am to 10:00am. Participate in a review of the final concept design. The Circus School, 575 Boulevard.

For more information, visit www.gpconservancy.org/park-pride-visioning-grant.

The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) is a non-profit, membership-based organization committed to the restoration, beautification, and maintenance of historic Grant Park. Created in 1883, Grant Park is the oldest park in Atlanta and covers 131 acres. The Conservancy’s role is to spearhead and supplement projects in the park that could not otherwise be undertaken by the city due to staff and budget limitations. Visit www.gpconservancy.org for more information.