Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce M. Sheperd, and the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Unveil New Amenity in Southwest Atlanta Park
Community Celebration with Music and Children’s Games on Saturday, May 19
Atlanta, May 8, 2012 – Atlanta BeltLine officials, Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce M. Sheperd, and Parks Department Commissioner George Dusenbury will open a new splash pad in Perkerson Park at a community event on May 19 at 1:30 p.m. Hundreds of residents from across southwest Atlanta are expected to attend. Event highlights will include games for children, music, light refreshments, and Italian ices. Guests are encouraged to stay in the park for a jazz festival starting at 3 p.m.
“We are pleased to add another beautiful amenity to our area,” said Councilmember Sheperd. “The splash pad project has received such positive support from members of the community. I am delighted to partner with the Atlanta BeltLine on this initiative.”
The splash pad features the artwork of Maria Artemis in a series of granite boulders that form a fountain and double as seating. In-ground spray elements are designed for three age groups: young children, four to seven years old, and eight years and up. Construction on the splash pad began in March 2012. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. managed the design and construction of the new splash pad on behalf of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.
The splash pad is the first of many elements to be completed under the new master plan for Perkerson Park, a 50-acre greenspace nestled in the residential neighborhood of Capitol View. The master plan was developed with the community through a series of meetings, including three meetings specifically regarding the splash pad design. The park currently includes a recreation center, tennis courts, basketballs courts, a playground, ball fields, a pavilion, and a temporary disc golf course. Additional amenities include walking paths, open fields, a stream, and a tract of woods. Funding for the splash pad came from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation through the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.
“Perkerson Park is another jewel on the Emerald Necklace that is the Atlanta BeltLine,” said Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation President Penelope McPhee. “We are proud to be a part of this project that promotes community, improves health and well-being and makes Atlanta a more livable city.”
“It is an honor to partner once again with the City, the community and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to deliver such an outstanding amenity in southwest Atlanta.” said Brian Leary, President and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine. Two other splash pads built recently by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. are located in the newly renovated in D.H. Stanton Park and the year-old Historic Fourth Ward Park. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation also funded the construction of a little league and softball size ballfield at D.H. Stanton Park.
“This new splash pad is a wonderful example of the City of Atlanta’s commitment to its communities,” said George Dusenbury, Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. ”The City is improving beloved existing parks and creating new ones that provide safe and fun places to play while setting new standards for urban park systems. ”
Perkerson Park is located at 770 Deckner Avenue, Atlanta, 30310. Free parking is available along Deckner Avenue and in a parking lot next to the playground.
About the Atlanta BeltLine:
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive revitalization effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails, transit and affordable housing along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.
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