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Energizing Greenspace for Peoplestown
Check out the first energy cost-neutral park in the City of Atlanta! Photovoltaic solar panels provide revenue-generating energy, while also serving as a shade structure for park visitors. With it’s grand re-opening in spring 2011, D.H. Stanton Park in the Peoplestown neighborhood is a shining example of the power of a collaborative effort within the community to turn a former landfill site into greenspace for all to enjoy.
A Park with Power
A fully renovated and expanded City of Atlanta park, D.H. Stanton Park is the first energy cost-neutral park in the City of Atlanta, and among the first in the country. This was achieved through the use of photovoltaic solar panels that act as a shade structure at one of the park’s entrances. The solar array generates enough energy to power 10 homes, and is sold back to Georgia Power, offsetting the entirety of the park’s energy costs.
D.H. Stanton Park Hits a Home Run!
Among the many fabulous amenities at D.H. Stanton Park, it is home to a brand new little league baseball diamond. A large multi-use athletic field abuts the ball field to create additional recreational play space.
Splash ‘N Play
The newly renovated park includes a dynamic new playground, a splashpad with a commissioned work of public art at its center by artist Robert Witherspoon, and a large pavilion that provides an ideal gathering place for friends and families. The splashpad is open daily, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., from May 1 through October 1.
The Spirit of Rebirth
D.H. Stanton Park serves a shining example of what is possible through the Atlanta BeltLine. Once home to just a small playground for the neighborhood, it was discovered that the parcel had formerly been used as a landfill site. After a two-phase soil remediation process, the space was reclaimed and developed into a sparkling new greenspace that makes all eight acres available for public use.
It Takes a Village
The funding came from a number of public and private sources. The ball field was made possible through a generous contribution from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Additional funding came from City of Atlanta Park Improvement Bonds, the Atlanta BeltLine TAD, and a donation from the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Capital Campaign, which was used to purchase three parcels of land to create another entrance on the park’s east side.