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Historic Fourth Ward Park Has a Brand New Shade Structure!

A brand new shade structure has opened at Historic Fourth Ward Park, and it’s just in time for sunny weather! In a ceremony hosted by the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy, the ribbon was cut on the shade structure on Friday, March 20. Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy Board Chair, Liz Coyle, led remarks, thanking the partners that helped the Conservancy make the project happen.

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Historic Fourth Ward Park’s new shade structure.

Historic Fourth Ward Park has become a popular destination for the community since 2011. Year-round, families use the fields, the outdoor theater, and the playgrounds. In the summer, the splashpad is full of children cooling off, but the young trees planted when the park was constructed are years away from providing substantial shade. People occasionally even brought their own pop-up tents to enjoy the park without the sun’s intensity. The shade provides much-needed relief, especially for families with young children.

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Children play in Historic Fourth Ward Park’s splashpad on a sunny summer day.

A Park Pride matching grant provided $16,000 toward the structure, which was designed pro-bono by Smith Dalia Architects, and constructed by Astra Group. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s Landscape Architecture team managed construction, and along with the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, were heavily involved in the design, permitting and approval processes.

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The new amenity is a result of partnerships among Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy, Park Pride, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Pictured left to right: Liz Coyle, Councilmember Kwanza Hall, Commissioner Joan Garner, and Michael Halicki.

Councilmember Kwanza Hall, Commissioner Joan Garner, Michael Halicki, the Executive Director of Park Pride, and Ericka Davis, Communications and Media Relations Director of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. were also present and gave remarks. “This park is really quite an example of what private public community partnerships look like,” said Commissioner Garner.

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The ribbon is cut! Pictured above from left to right: Jay McGinnity, Mia McDonough, Steven Jackson, Mitchell King, Esther Stokes, Councilmember Kwanza Hall, Park Pride Executive Director Michael Halicki, Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, Parks Director Doug Voss, Conservancy Chair Liz Coyle, Martha Porter Hall, Fredalyn Frasier, Forrest Coley, Anna Marissa Fetz, Ericka Davis, Princess Wilson, and Chris Tilley.

See the shade for yourself! Visit Historic Fourth Ward Park and all of its amenities, and view photos from this event and more in our gallery.

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