In June 2011, NEXT Steps adopted the Atwood-White Street Triangle through Park Pride/City of Atlanta to become an affiliate of the Atlanta Beltline in the West End. (We thought it was pretty cool, too, that the name of the park had Atwood in it.) Though tiny, we envisioned an area where users of the Beltline would appreciate having a rest stop along the path. Well, it has taken this much time to realize we’ve got our hands full in trying to make this vision a reality.
Here’s what the park looks like now:
Here’s what we’re hoping to turn it into:
We’re going to need volunteers that have pickup trucks to register for our Hands On Atlanta monthly Community Clean-Up at Atwood Community Gardens & Urban Farm. Once we complete orientation, we’ll need your help transporting tools to the volunteers that have committed to working on the Triangle (located three minutes away from Atwood). We also need help raising $5,000 to purchase the two benches for the park (they have to be purchased through City of Atlanta). Everything else is just regularly scheduled TLC:
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. This sustainable project is providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit by re-using 22-miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other.
West End: Gordon-White Park (adjacent to the Atwood-White Street Triangle)
With its grand opening in 2008, Gordon White Park became the Atlanta BeltLine’s first official park. This triangle plot of land in a five-star intersection used to be an empty, grassy lot. The Atlanta BeltLine revived the park into an open greenspace with winding pathways, landscaped garden beds, and walls and benches for relaxing and taking in the sunshine.
The first miles of our 33-mile trail network also got started here. The Atlanta BeltLine extends from Brown Middle School, through Rose Circle Park, up White Street, through Gordon White Park, up Muse Street to Langhorn Street, and west to Westview Cemetery along Westview Drive.
Across White Street from the park is the Atlanta BeltLine corridor where transit will operate in the future. Currently, the corridor is an open, unpaved, interim hiking trail and usually features visual art during Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Gordon White Park itself has become a hub for neighborhood gatherings and outdoor concerts.
Stay tuned to our schedule while the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition is open (usually in the fall) so you can catch one of our free shows! To learn more about our public art installations, visit the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine web site.
Park Pride’s Adopt-A-Park is a city-wide program that elicits support of neighborhood parks smaller than ¼ acre. Since the City of Atlanta does not have the resources to provide maintenance for many of the smaller neighborhood parks, the adoption program engages community members who want to help care for their public greenspace. Adopters volunteer their time and resources to provide general care and maintenance of these parks – including mowing, maintaining plantings, clearing paths, picking up litter, and promoting park usage.
Anyone who is interested in adopting a park is welcome to participate in the program. Adopters include: Individuals and families, Neighborhood/Civic Associations, Corporations Community Groups, Faith-based Organizations, and Schools. Adopters are recognized on the Park Pride website and can purchase a sign to install in the park as a visible statement of their commitment to maintaining the park as a valuable resource for the community. While there is no fee to participate in the adoption program, adopters will need to provide their own tools and supplies.
Adopters make a commitment to maintain the park for a minimum of one year. The adoption will renew automatically at the end of each calendar year unless Park Pride or the adopter cancels the agreement in writing. Adoption responsibilities will vary based on the needs of the park, but adopters generally perform the following tasks: