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Atlanta, Ga, March 30, 2010- April 3 Celebration of Atlanta BetlLine’s Historic Fourth Ward Park Progress to Include Contests, Food and Music

What
The local skateboarding community is joining the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta BeltLine in commemorating Atlanta’s first skatepark, Foundation Skatepark, and celebrating the groundbreaking of its newest skatepark being developed as part of Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Atlanta BeltLine. Activities will include skateboarding, contests, food, music and more.

The event will raise funds to cover additional park features, and will be the last official event at the location before construction begins on phase II of Historic Fourth Ward Park, which will convert Foundation Skatepark into a safe, free-of-charge space for youth from across the City of Atlanta and the region to explore and develop their passion for skateboarding.

“The Foundation Skatepark has played an important role in the local skateboarding community,” said Thomas Taylor, Owner of Stratosphere Skateboards and organizer of the event. “We’re so excited to have been able to work so closely with the Atlanta BeltLine and the City of Atlanta to develop a state-of-the-art skatepark that will provide a free, safe place for skateboarders to practice.”

When
Saturday, April 3rd from noon to 5 p.m.

Where
Just past the WSB-TV tower at 766 Willoughby Way Northeast, Atlanta
Directions:

  • From I-75, take exit 248C toward
  • GA-10 E/Freedom Pkwy/Carter Center 0.7 mi
  • Merge onto Freedom Pkwy/GA-10 E 0.2 mi
  • Turn left at Boulevard NE 0.3 mi
  • Take the 3rd right onto Ralph McGill Blvd NE 0.3 mi
  • Continue onto Willoughby Way NE
  • Stay right at fork to stay on Willoughby. 0.2 mi

Who
Hundreds of skateboarding enthusiasts and other Atlantans are expected to turn out for this exciting event, sponsored by the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta BeltLine, and Stratosphere. The Atlanta BeltLine is a $2.8 billion redevelopment project that will shape the way Atlanta grows over the next several decades. The project provides a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. The BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects currently underway in the United States.

For more information about the Atlanta BeltLine and Historic Fourth Ward Park, please visit www.beltline.org.

For information on the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy, which raises private funds for park maintenance, visit www.h4wpc.org.


CONTACTS:

Ethan Davidson, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
(404) 614-8325; edavidson@atlbeltline.org

Howard Lalli, BeltLine Partnership
404.790.0224, howard@beltlinepartnership.org

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