Fall is a beautiful time of year in our amazing city, and as we switch gears from the summer’s activities, this season marks a special time to focus on our families, school and the upcoming holidays while enjoying Atlanta’s parks and outdoor spaces for a few more weeks.
Fall is back to school time for Atlanta’s young people. That’s why I am proud to continue our unwavering commitment to supporting our school-aged children with year-round learning through programs offered at our Centers of Hope. Each Center has its own afterschool program which provides homework assistance, hot meals and recreation opportunities.
This school year, the Thomasville Center of Hope offers a special Reading Intervention Program focused on first and second-graders attending the afterschool program. For this program, the city has hired teachers from local elementary schools to provide intensive reading support to these students with the goal of ensuring every child in the program is reading at grade level by the end of the academic year. As an added bonus, the teachers will take the extra training and experience back to their home school and apply it in the classroom. This is truly a win-win for Atlanta’s students.
As the weather cools, the city is filled with a wealth of outdoor festivals and events to enjoy. Some of my favorite events include the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade and the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine series. Neighborhood groups across the city host festivals in their local parks, including local favorites like the Chomp ‘N Stomp Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Festival.
If you have not yet taken a ride on the sleek new Atlanta Streetcar, now is the perfect time to step onboard and visit any of the world-renowned attractions, restaurants, parks and businesses on the 2.7 mile line. The Streetcar remains free through the end of the year, so I encourage you and your family to give it a try and then make the Streetcar part of your routine.
This year, the autumn months also mark the start of a wide variety of infrastructure projects across the city through the $250 million Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program.
In every community in Atlanta, you will see major roads resurfaced as well as repairs and upgrades to city streets to address curbs, sidewalks, bike lanes and crossing signals. The Renew Atlanta program is the single largest investment in the look, feel and experience of the city in modern times. As you see construction work across the city, please pardon our progress and know that Atlanta will soon be an even more beautiful, functional city.
Atlanta and its residents buzz with activity during the fall of each year. There's so much to do and so many places to see, and as Mayor, I invite you to come out and enjoy all that the City of Atlanta has to offer. I guarantee you will be happy you did.