The Conservancy has raised more than $60 million in private funds to complete the following renovations (in reverse chronological order):
Legacy Fountain - Initially a green-waste dumping site, the future home of Legacy Fountain was a place to be avoided. But in 2011, the area was transformed into an oasis featuring 2 grand meadows with stunning views of the wetlands and woodlands. The fountain features more than 70 jets, reaching up to 20 feet in the air and magnificent LED-lighting, capable of showcasing more than 1 million configurations.
Six Springs Wetlands - The previous home to large areas of kudzu and other evasive plant life, Six Springs wetlands was not a pleasant place. When the dog park and trails were being renovated, Piedmont Park Conservancy discovered 6 underground springs. This area has since been rejuvenated with new plant life, a walking trail and a wooded boardwalk.
Piedmont Dog Park - The dog park was just a large open area for four-legged friends. In 2010 the Piedmont Dog Park was expanded to nearly 3 acres with separate enclosures for large and small dogs. It also boasts new trails and landscaping, along with benches and restrooms for loyal owners.
Magnolia Greenway - Originally used as a parking lot for Piedmont Park, Magnolia Greenway was a hard-scape in the heart of Atlanta's largest greenspace. In 2010 the area was renovated to include 2 regulation crushed granite Bocce Ball courts and a wooded arbor. The area is also the future home of a carousel.
Greystone and Aquatic Center - The Piedmont Park Aquatic Center opened on May 25, 2009. Throughout the first season, more than 8,200 summer camp kids used the pool at Piedmont Park. The Conservancy’s pricing for season passes and daily entry created venue affordability for all entrants, regardless of income level. Designed with both long-term environmental and financial sustainability at the heart of the project, the pool at Piedmont Park is the most visited public outdoor aquatic facility in the City of Atlanta.
The grand opening event for Greystone was held on June 18, 2009. Named for its original granite walls, Greystone boasts 9,000 square feet of event space. It is ideal for wedding receptions, exhibitions, social events and corporate meetings. Rental fees collected from Greystone help fund Park maintenance and improvements.
Documentation related to the LEED certification of the Aquatic Center and the Greystone complex has been submitted by architects Smith Dalia for review. We anticipate receiving a determination of our LEED level in early 2010.
Active Oval - The Active Oval re-opened in the fall of 2006 after a $1.8 million renovation. The Active Oval is the home to new playing fields used from team sports and leisure play. Two soccer fields, two softball fields,and two sand volleyball courts have been added. A new .52-mile running track, shade pergola, benches and drinking fountains were also added during the renovation.
The Meadow - The newly restored Meadow features 15 acres of new green space and underground irrigation systems.
Clara Meer - Renovated in 2002, Clara Meer is now one continuous body of water through the addition of a new granite bridge. Other additions include improved lighting fixtures, a rebuilt dock, three fishing piers, landscape enhancements, an aeration system, benches and swings along the shore and a wooden boardwalk stretching from the newly restored historic gazebo to the Visitor Center.
Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Center – The former American Legion building was purchased by the Conservancy and renovated in 2002. Located near to the 12th Street Gate on Piedmont Avenue, the Center serves as the headquarters for community programs, including environmental education for children. The facility includes a 1,700 square foot community room with full AV capabilities, a Nature Center and a catering kitchen.
Playgrounds - Piedmont Park has two children’s playgrounds .The Mayor's Grove Playground, adjacent to the old Bathhouse, was completed in 2007. The Noguchi Playscape, created by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi in 1976, underwent renovation in 1996 and again in 2009. Nearby restrooms were refurbished in 2002.
Oak Hill - The $3 million renovation of Oak Hill included installation of Bermuda turf, and in-ground irrigation system, an ADA accessible pedestrian path system, and the addition of water fountains, park benches and nearly 200 trees. Completed in July 2001, the Oak Hill project captured several industry accolades.
Visitor Center - Renovation of the old Boat House at the 12th Street Entrance created Piedmont Park Visitor Center in 1996. Originally constructed as a Comfort Station in 1910, the Visitor Center serves as the gateway to the park, offering maps, information and historic tours. Overlooking newly restored Clara Meer dock, the Visitor Center features a ceiling mural “A day in the Park” by local artist Ralph Gilbert. Nearby, a granite wall recognizes key donors on the Visitor Center front lawn.
Magnolia Hall - Built in 1945 as a blacksmith’s forge, Magnolia Hall still reflects the charm of its original purpose. Renovated in 1999, old and new converge as the 3,200 square foot event facility provides audio-visual system and catering kitchen while the original fireplace operates in the corner. Rental fees collected from Magnolia Hall help fund Park maintenance and improvements.
The Administrative Complex - In 1998, deteriorated maintenance buildings and stables were renovated to house the Conservancy offices and a new children’s reading circle.
12th and 14th Street Gates - Redesigned in 1996, the gates at the 12th and 14th Street entrances now adorn a beautiful wrought-iron façade.
• In addition to its major restoration work, Piedmont Park Conservancy has completed a variety of improvement projects.