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Boulevard Crossing Park
From Blight to Bright at Boulevard Crossing!
Boulevard Crossing Park Phase I opened in Chosewood Park in fall 2011, and it is an illustration of how the Atlanta BeltLine vision is taking hold in areas that had fallen into disuse and been neglected over time. Blighted industrial land along Boulevard south of Grant Park has been transformed into five acres of glorious greenspace featuring two large multiuse activity fields.
Greenspace That Keeps Green in Mind
As with other Atlanta BeltLine parks, Boulevard Crossing Park was built as sustainably as possible. With the installation of lamps wrapped in solar film, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. utilized innovative technology that is designed to save energy and money. Organic landscaping techniques and native/naturalized plants will reduce ongoing maintenance costs.
What’s Better than a New Park? One with Goats!
Kudzu is no joke! Known as “the vine that ate the south,” kudzu, a fast growing invasive species, is a serious obstacle in many of the areas where Atlanta BeltLine projects are taking shape. Boulevard Crossing is no exception, but planners are taking a novel approach to the problem; goats. Yes, kudzu-eating goats are helping eradicate the invasive nuisance. Thanks to a great partnership with Trees Atlanta, the goats are helping keep the kudzu at bay.
Going the Extra Mile – or Half Acre
More than 20 acres of land for this park was first assembled and acquired by the Trust for Public Land. While the Atlanta BeltLine corridor forms the northern boundary of Boulevard Crossing Park, its southern edge follows Englewood Avenue near Boulevard. To make the park more accessible and more visible to the surrounding community, in 2011 the Atlanta BeltLine acquired an additional half-acre of land, which will ultimately bring the park’s southeast corner up to the intersection of Englewood and Boulevard.