We are pleased to share the news that Historic Fourth Ward Park has received the 2014 Brownfield Renewal Award for Sustainability Impact! The park was honored by Brownfield Renewal, an industry publication dedicated to the remediation, redevelopment and reuse of brownfields.
Historic Fourth Ward Park, opened in 2011, is the result of important partnerships between the Atlanta BeltLine, the City of Atlanta, the Trust for Public Land, and the neighboring community of business and property owners. Formerly a contaminated brownfield, more than 12 acres of soil were cleaned and turned into greenspace, and the impervious concrete that contributed to stormwater drainage issues on the site was torn up and reused in the park. Today, the park is a 17-acre greenspace that hosts concerts, weddings, and countless other events. The 2-acre lake that is the centerpiece of the park also acts as stormwater detention, eliminating the need for a costly tunnel system that would have traditionally been used to combat flooding issues.
As a beacon of the Atlanta BeltLine’s tranformative potential, Historic Fourth Ward Park is also surrounded by development in the shape of residences, business, and the renewal of Ponce City Market, which is opening a mix of retail, office, and residential spaces in phases. The Historic Fourth Ward Park is easily accessible from the Atlanta BeltLine by way of the Eastside Trail Gateway, which connects the park to the 2-mile multi-use trail.
Ready to visit this award-winning park? Take a look at our Historic Fourth Ward Park webpage for details on how to get there.