New at Centennial Olympic Park

The Centennial Olympic Stadium and  Turner Field may be doomed to just memories, but the Georgia World Congress Center plans to make some positive upgrades to Centennial Olympic Park.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the idea is to open the park up more to the adjoining community, and to provide better views of the new College Football Hall of Fame, opening in 2014.  These are the proposed plans:

  • close Andrew Young International Boulevard to vehicular traffic through the park making that area near the Olympic Rings Fountain purely for pedestrians.
  • a new building for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce that would open views to the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • new park entrance for the northeast corner of the park at Baker Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive.
  • retrofit the Park Offices & Maintenance Building into a new restaurant “on-the-green” that would be directly across the street from the Georgia Aquarium
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close International Drive from vehicles, creating pedestrian plaza
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open new entrance from northeast at Baker & Park
Park-ave-retrofit
retrofit maintenance bldg to new restaurant across from Aquarium
taller, more narrow and transparent Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
taller, more narrow and transparent Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

More information available at the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

As if that wasn’t enough, there are plans for four new hotels around the park, the new National Civil & Human Rights Museum, the new Atlanta Sky View ferris wheel, the new Atlanta Falcons Pantheon, and the new Atlanta Streetcar. 

SkyView Downtown
SkyView Downtown
The $66.5 million, 94,000-square-foot College Football Hall of Fame
The $66.5 million, 94,000-square-foot College Football Hall of Fame
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National Center for Civil & Human Rights
monumental fountain sculpture commissioned for the center
monumental fountain sculpture commissioned for the center
Atlanta Streetcar will run from Olympic Park through Fairlie Polar, Peachtree Center, and Sweet Auburn
Atlanta Streetcar will run from Olympic Park through Fairlie Polar, Peachtree Center, and Sweet Auburn

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To see this map, copy/paste:   https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=ze1vGMHRPMiY.kVBMCaQ35wYY

English: This shows the Fountain of Rings at C...
The Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park  The tall cylindrical building in the background is the Westin Peachtree Plaza, one of the United States’ tallest hotels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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