A verdant, elevated park will soon stretch across a busy highway in the heart of one of Atlanta’s business and residential districts. The Buckhead Park Over GA400 project will span 2,400 feet across a commuter railway and roadway, connecting the fragmented locations and giving residents a green slice of heaven in the dense, urban area.
Rogers Partners and Nelson Byrd Waltz are the firms behind the project, and they hope to inspire other cities that are seemingly broken apart by sprawling highways to reintegrate and offer locals a beautiful gathering place. In Buckhead’s case, the area was divided by busy streets in the 1990s, causing a community divide. Rogers Partners explains how the project will “make the area whole again, providing the public with safe, easy and efficient access to the many amenities in the district.”
The park features three distinct design features. The northern end will be the common area, including a small amphitheatre for local events. A lush garden will adorn the southern end and a variety of shade trees will stretch across the entire structure. In the middle, a plaza for local retail businesses and restaurants will be found. The project is also aiming to include access to Park 400, a biking and running trail currently under construction in the area.
The Atlanta area is known for its large population and intense heat, which the firms have taken into account while designing Buckhead Park Over GA400. Stormwater collection will create a sustainable irrigation system and the installation of native plants will reduce the need for excess maintenance. “When Buckhead Park Over GA400 is complete, Atlanta will have a unique, world-class civic space that is both beautiful and functional,” expressed Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. The next phase of the project will be discussed by city officials in October.
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