Historic Fourth Ward Park has been named a “Frontline Park” by the national urban park advocacy organization City Parks Alliance. Each month, City Parks Alliance recognizes a “Frontline Park” to promote and highlight inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship across the country.

“We selected Historic Fourth Ward Park for recognition because it exemplifies the power of partnerships to create and maintain urban parks that build community and make our cities sustainable and vibrant,” said Catherine Nagel, Executive Director, City Parks Alliance. “We hope that, by shining the spotlight on this park, we can raise awareness about both the necessity and the promise of these kinds of partnerships to spur investment in our nation’s urban parks.”

Formerly a flood-prone brownfield dotted with abandoned warehouses and parking lots, this 17-acre park serves as a storm water retention facility, event space, and community greenspace for the surrounding neighborhoods that includes two playgrounds and sits adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine.

“We are honored that Historic Fourth Ward Park was selected for recognition as a ‘Frontline Park’,” said Paul Morris, President and CEO, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “This park demonstrates how strong community engagement and public-private partnerships can deliver a triple bottom line: a vibrant new park for the public, new economic development, and state-of-the-art storm water management.”

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.