The design for a proposed new 10-acre park capping Ga. 400 in the heart of Buckhead will be presented at a Sept. 7 meeting at the Buckhead Theatre.

The Buckhead Community Improvement District commissioned the design of the park, which would cover the highway between Lenox and Peachtree roads. Earlier this year, a conceptual design from the firm Jacobs, titled “Buckhead Green,” won a people’s choice award in a contest from the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

An illustration of Jacobs’ concept for the “Buckhead Green” park over Ga. 400 from the AIA Georgia Association awards web page.

Some Buckhead CID members have questioned whether such a project is proper work for the CID and whether it has had enough public input. The Sept. 7 meeting, which runs 5:30 to 7 p.m., is intended to inform both CID members and the general public. For more information, see

“Can you picture a day when everyone in the world might recognize Buckhead for a world class attraction in the form of greenspace instead of traffic?” says a Buckhead CID meeting notice, likening the plan to New York City’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Union Square.

Capping highways with new parks and street networks–often replacing historic ones demolished for the roadways–is a popular design trend, including the “Stitch” idea in Downtown Atlanta.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.