Mayor Kasim Reed called the park “another stake in the ground for equity, fairness and balance” in the city.
“The space is going to be as special as any place in the city,” Reed commented.
The 280-acre park just west of Downtown will be the largest in the city, while the old granite quarry will become a 2 billion gallon reservoir. The park will also connect to the Atlanta BeltLine.
Phase one will include a notable gateway entrance at the intersection of Johnson Road and Grove Park Place on the north side of the park. The gateway design will provide lighting, signage and visually appealing graphics. The restoration of Grove Park Place will include resurfacing of the roadway and the rehabilitation and enhancement of greenery along the corridor.
The park will also include a grand overlook area to maximize views of the quarry-turned-reservoir as well as panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline. Visitors will be able to experience the quarry using ADA-accessible trails leading to the grand overlook. Phase one of the $26.5 million project will also include trails designed to enhance public experience and provide a pedestrian connection to and from the Proctor Creek Greenway.
“The Department of Parks and Recreation is proud and excited to announce the plans for the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry. Since being appointed as Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner in 2015, it has been an honor and privilege to work with the Mayor to increase access to greenspace for Atlanta residents. I thank him for his vision and his commitment,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong.