TSW served as the lead planner and landscape architect for The Georgia International Horse Park, a world-class equestrian center that was first conceived in the spring of 1992. The park covers an area of 1,200 acres and was an integral part of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. TSW’s role in the project began from the park’s conception and continued through to the conclusion of the games.
The TSW team worked closely with the site’s unique natural features and created a Master Plan that focused on a successful merger of recreational and equine uses. The master plan was designed to provide a world-class equestrian facility that would be enjoyed by both athletes and the general public.
The second phase of TSW’s work on the project involved program analysis and comprehensive site design for all the requirements of the Summer Games. This included the design of all the necessary buildings and infrastructure to support the equestrian events. The TSW team then followed up with a festive landscape/hardscape design and construction documents.
TSW’s design for the 200-acre equine core area, produced in conjunction with equestrian designer Robert Jolicoeur of Montreal and L.A.S. Architects, included 12 barns (1,000 stalls) around landscaped courts, numerous jump/dressage show and training rings, an indoor show arena, show operations facilities, and the show jumping stadium. The design of the equine core area was a critical component of the overall master plan and was designed to provide the athletes with the best possible facilities to compete and train.
Overall, TSW’s work on The Georgia International Horse Park was a great success. The park provided a world-class equestrian facility that was enjoyed by athletes and the general public, and it played a key role in the success of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. TSW’s work on the project is a testament to the firm’s ability to create a successful merger of recreational and equine uses, and to design world-class facilities that are enjoyed by athletes and the general public.