senior citizens and walkable communities

Transportation Options, Walkability and Seniors

A recent article from Switchboard shows a video produced by AARP in collaboration with StreetFilms that illustrates how walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods can help seniors. The six-minute video features conversations with residents, local officials and experts in transit-oriented development (TOD) in Arlington, Virginia—a walkable, mixed-use community with access to a variety of public transit options, entertainment … Continue Reading →

Tree Removal at Historic Fourth Ward Park

Historic Fourth Ward Park, which opened to the public a little over a year ago, has brought many happy days to our city in its short existence. During the park’s construction,  great care was taken to preserve three old growth trees on the park’s western edge. Sadly, we have recently learned that two of those … Continue Reading →

Historic Fourth Ward Park amphitheater

Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy’s Spring Fling is June 16!

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy will celebrate its Spring Fling! This is rescheduled from the original June 10 date due to rain that day. The Conservancy is a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the maintenance and security of the park. It should be a wonderful event, held for the first time … Continue Reading →

Perkerson Park splash pad opening

Jump into Summer with the New Splash Pad in Perkerson Park!

Families gathered in Perkerson Park and children waited impatiently for fountains to start gushing during the splash pad grand opening event this past Saturday, May 19. What started as a vision of Councilmember Joyce Sheperd came into fruition thanks to a generous donation from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and construction planning and project oversight … Continue Reading →

Film Festival in Historic Fourth Ward Park This Weekend!

Ever wanted to watch a film in the beautiful open air theater at Historic Fourth Ward Park? Well, now’s your chance! On May 18 and 19, the 1st Annual Cans Film Festival (ha ha), benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank is coming to the park! Here’s the 411: Enjoy top movies under the stars and all for … Continue Reading →

Grand Opening of New Splash Pad in Perkerson Park

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 … Continue Reading →

Even More of Historic Fourth Ward Park to Enjoy

You are probably familiar with one of the City’s newest parks, Historic Fourth Ward Park, the bulk of which opened in the spring of 2011. You may have noticed a lot just north of the park, stretching all the way to North Ave, that was under construction for a while after the park opened. Well, … Continue Reading →

A View from Madrid

Nice story in today’s New York Times about a project in Madrid, Spain with some similarities to the Atlanta BeltLine. Madrid Rio park is a massive highway burial project is also creating new parks, public spaces, bike trails and light rail transit. From the article: “The park here, called Madrid Río, has largely been finished. More … Continue Reading →

Speaking of Urban Oases…

Atlanta Magazine picked our very own Historic Fourth Ward Park as “Best New Urban Oasis” in its annual “Best of Atlanta” issue. Thank you Atlanta Magazine!

NY Times looks at “Treasuring Urban Oases”

In a recent article, the New York Times spends takes a walk in Manhattan with renowned Urban Designer Alex Garvin, whose “Emerald Necklace” study was critical to the early success of turning the Atlanta BeltLine from a concept into reality. Money quote: “The best public spaces encourage diverse urban experiences, from people watching to protesting, daydreaming to … Continue Reading →

Mayor Reed to Lead Official Dedication of Historic Fourth Ward Park

Community Celebration with Food, Music and Fun on Saturday, June 18 Atlanta, June 16, 2011 – Mayor Kasim Reed will lead the official dedication of Historic Fourth Ward Park along the Atlanta BeltLine on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Following the opening ceremonies, guests can enjoy food, music and children’s activities from 10:30 to … Continue Reading →

Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark to Open

Grand Opening Celebration on June 11 to include Skate Demonstrations, Music and Fun Atlanta, June 9, 2011 – This Saturday, June 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Atlanta’s first skatepark will open as part of Historic Fourth Ward Park on the Atlanta BeltLine. The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is one of three new parks opening as … Continue Reading →

City of Atlanta to Re-Open D.H. Stanton Park as Part of the Atlanta BeltLine – City’s First Energy Cost-Neutral Park

Community Celebration with Food, Music and Fun on Saturday, May 14 Atlanta (May 6, 2011) – The City of Atlanta will re-open the newly renovated D.H. Stanton Park in the Peoplestown neighborhood as part of the Atlanta BeltLine with a community celebration on Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. Members of the community are invited … Continue Reading →

Atlanta BeltLine Wins $25,000 Grant from Tony Hawk Foundation

Atlanta Receives Largest Gift Among 19 National Grant Recipients Atlanta, May 6, 2010 – The Tony Hawk Foundation awarded Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. with a grant of $25,000 to help with the construction of a new 15,000-square foot skatepark, Atlanta’s first, which is now under construction as part of Historic Fourth Ward Park in the Old … Continue Reading →

Festivities Will Commemorate Atlanta’s First Skatepark

Atlanta, Ga, March 30, 2010- April 3 Celebration of Atlanta BetlLine’s Historic Fourth Ward Park Progress to Include Contests, Food and Music What The local skateboarding community is joining the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta BeltLine in commemorating Atlanta’s first skatepark, Foundation Skatepark, and celebrating the groundbreaking of its newest skatepark being developed as part of … Continue Reading →

The BeltLine is Happening: Historic Fourth Ward Park Breaks Ground

Atlanta, GA, Oct. 15, 2008 – Thirty-five acres of blighted industrial lowland across North Avenue from City Hall East are a step closer to transformation into Historic Fourth Ward Park after a groundbreaking ceremony today at the future park site. Construction of a detention pond as part of the Clear Creek Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) … Continue Reading →