By: Josh Green
September 6, 2018
The idea to transform acreage along Memorial Drive into a contiguous park, stretching from downtown Atlanta to Oakland Cemetery, has been bouncing around since Jimmy Carter reigned as Georgia’s governor at the Gold Dome.
But now, the Memorial Drive Greenway, as it’s been named, could be gaining steam like never before, according to the concept’s backers.
And visible changes could come within weeks.
Funds from the Eastside Tax Allocation District have been committed to buy more parkland. But the proposed interstate cap—one of several such ideas from Buckhead to downtown—would require both state and federal support.
“This idea for creating a park between the Capitol and Oakland Cemetery has been kicking around for as long as I’ve been involved in the community,” said John Reagan, a Grant Park architect and developer since 1971, in a prepared statement. “We’re finally at the point where public and private investment are coming together to make this park happen.”
Added District 5 Councilmember Natalyn Mosby Archibong, in the same release: “There are very few places left in the core of the city with so much potential to create a transformational greenspace for future generations.”
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