Park Pride, a nonprofit group that leads and inspires action for parks and greenspaces in Atlanta, began working with the Peoplestown neighborhood to develop a parks master plan. Through a series of community meetings and visioning sessions, Park Pride developed a conceptual plan for two existing, underutilized park areas and an undeveloped tract between the two parks that are adjacent to the BeltLine.
In an effort to keep the community momentum moving forward, the City of Atlanta retained TSW to further develop the concept plan into several alternatives and produce a more financially manageable plan. During the planning process, TSW conducted community meetings to better define the needs and goals for the parks, determined appropriate phasing for the park program elements and conducted a cost analysis.
For Four Corners Park (northwest corner of the plan), TSW designed a playground area, tennis courts, basketball courts, passive lawn areas, picnic trellis, and plaza, which incorporates an existing neighborhood statue. Four Corners Park is connected to D.H. Stanton Park by Boynton Avenue, which will include streetscape improvements for a greenway and multi-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists. D.H. Stanton Park (eastern portion of plan) retains the recently built playground area and calls for a new recreation center that will be LEED certified, a baseball field that is part of a continuous lawn for multiple active uses, new parking, entry plaza and splash pad, play berms and mounds for children of all ages, and connections to the BeltLine.