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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/17/12
Mayor Kasim Reed Celebrates Restoration of Margaret Mitchell Square, Woodruff Park
Reed praises city’s partnership with Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Central Atlanta Progress and Norfolk Southern that revitalized square’s fountains and built “ATL” play space in a restored Woodruff Park.
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed today joined with the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Central Atlanta Progress and Norfolk Southern to dedicate the revitalized fountains in Margaret Mitchell Square and a restored Woodruff Park, complete with a vibrant new play space.
“We have incredible public art in Atlanta and as we grow, we must continue to keep arts and culture in our plans,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The world’s most important cities invest significantly in arts and culture, and if we expect to compete on the world stage, Atlanta must keep pace.”
The Mayor’s FY2013 budget doubled funding for the arts to $1 million and will jumpstart a “power2give” initiative intended to match funds given to arts-related projects from individual donors.
“I am absolutely committed to the arts, and to making the City of Atlanta a great place to live, an inspiring place to work and a wonderful place to visit,” Mayor Reed said.
The plaza honoring the legacy of Atlanta’s Margaret Mitchell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gone with the Wind, is located in the Fairlie-Poplar District at the intersection of Peachtree, Forsyth and Carnegie Way. Originally installed in 1986, the square features sculptures by renowned artist Kit-Yin Snyder. The restoration of the granite and metal fountains at Margaret Mitchell Square was overseen by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.
After the fountains were turned on, Mayor Reed, Councilmember Kwanza Hall and Atlanta business and community leaders walked three blocks south on Peachtree Street to the newly restored Woodruff Park for the park’s grand re-opening and unveiling of the ATL play structure. Shaped with Atlanta in mind, the playground’s design mimics the letters “ATL” and features climbing walls, monkey bars and two slides. The playground’s installation is a part of the larger Woodruff Park Master Plan, which is a detailed vision of downtown’s most distinctive green space.
“Great cities have great public spaces,” said George Dusenbury, Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs. “Margaret Mitchell Square and the ATL play sculpture will provide exceptional downtown experiences for residents and visitors alike.”
Restorations to Margaret Mitchell Square and Woodruff Park are only two of a number of high profile initiatives to improve transit and quality of life in Atlanta’s Downtown district. The Atlanta Streetcar Project, for example, will link key downtown locales, support projected growth and promote economic development. When completed, it will run in an east-west loop from historic Auburn Avenue to Centennial Olympic Park traveling on multiple streets with mixed traffic, helping to provide connectivity to locations such as the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia World Congress Center, CNN, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Georgia State University.
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The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA) enhances the lives of City of Atlanta residents and visitors by offering programs, services and activities that encourage participation in recreational activities, leisure and cultural experiences. DPRCA has earned the distinction of being accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the highest honor bestowed on a parks system, and sets it apart from thousands of other parks systems throughout the nation.