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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2017
Mayor Kasim Reed to Break Ground on Rodney Cook, Sr. Park in Historic Vine City
||Mayor Kasim Reed
Ambassador Andrew Young
Arthur Blank, Chairman, AMB Group
Kishia L. Powell, Commissioner, Department of Watershed Management
Amy Phuong, Commissioner, Department of Parks and Recreation
Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr.., District 3
Rodney Cook, President, National Monuments Foundation
George Dusenbury, Georgia State Director, The Trust for Public Land
Rev. Dexter Johnson, Higher Ground Empowerment Center
Mayor Kasim Reed will be joined by Ambassador Andrew Young, Arthur Blank, Department of Watershed Management Commissioner Kishia L. Powell, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Amy Phuong, Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr., The Trust for Public Land Georgia State Director George Dusenbury, National Monuments Foundation President Rodney Cook and Higher Ground Empowerment Center Rev. Dexter Johnson to break ground on Rodney Cook, Sr. Park in Historic Vine City.
The $45 million, 16-acre park will feature a stormwater retention pond, a splash-pad, a playground, a performance plaza, a picnic pavilion, courts for multi-use sports, a fitness area, a boardwalk, an overlook and terraced pools. The park will also include 18 statues of Georgia civil rights leaders and peacemakers, as well as a 110-foot peace column dedicated to civil and human rights and the Dr. C.T. Vivian Library of African American Literature.
The Reed Administration has made it a priority to revitalize Atlanta’s Westside, and has worked to bring new public and private resources to support economic and civic development, as well as expand greenspace in the area. The final design for the park culminates many years of negotiations and plans between the various partners and the community.
Friday, May 19, 2017
||587 Rock Street, Northwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Intersection of Rock Street and Walnut Street
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