By Louis Mayeux
The Chastain Park Civic Association board at its Oct. 26 meeting rejected a proposal to preserve parking spaces at the park’s green lot for Chastain Amphitheater promoters.
The new proposal was developed by the amphitheater promoters and the Chastain Park Conservancy. Conservancy board member and Chastain Park neighborhood resident Brian McHugh presented the new plan to the board.
Under an original Conservancy proposal in the park’s master plan, the green-lot space would be totally converted to recreational use under what McHugh called a “meadow concept.” A graffiti-covered tin warehouse would be removed. One field would be used for soccer, lacrosse or rugby, and a smaller one would be dedicated to free play. Park Drive would be used for concert parking.
But McHugh said the amphitheater promoters objected that using Park Drive for parking would be impractical. Live Nation and Woodruff Arts Center’s Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are the main amphitheater promoters.
Instead, the revised proposal would preserve 100 to 150 parking spaces in the green-lot area. The promoters, under their contract with the city of Atlanta, now receive receipts from 76 parking spaces in the green lot.
Chastain Park Civic Association President Jim King said the revised plan had not been presented to the board until 4 p.m. the day of the meeting. He and other board members accused the amphitheater promoters of using their political and financial power in an effort to preserve the parking revenue.
King disclosed that he found no specific mention of the 76 parking spaces in searching the contract.
The board unanimously approved a motion by Bill Kasper to clarify how many parking spaces the promoters receive and that the promoters lose their right to the spaces.