Atlanta’s first skate park will open as part of Historic Fourth Ward Park on the Atlanta BeltLine this Saturday, June 11 from 3 PM to 6 PM with skate demonstrations, music and fun. This grand opening celebration for the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is the culmination of a multi-year partnership between the community, City government, the Atlanta BeltLine and the private and nonprofit sectors and one of three new parks opening as part of the Atlanta BeltLine in 2011.
The community and Atlanta’s vibrant skateboard community will be joined by City Council member Kwanza Hall, as well as City and Atlanta BeltLine Officials to officially open the new park, which also includes a multi-use field, a playground and sustainable water and energy features. Attendees are encouraged to picnic and bring blankets to relax on the field if they choose.
“This park is another exemplary model of public-private partnership on the Atlanta BeltLine to create more livable, healthy and economically vibrant communities,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Valarie Wilson. “We are grateful to all of our private sector partners and organizations that have contributed resources to this amazing new park.”
The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is a key component of Atlanta, Georgia’s downtown redevelopment effort, the Atlanta BeltLine. It’s also been a long time coming for a city that is one of the country’s major skateboarding hubs, and will help redefine a historic community that is lacking in public recreational space.
For those and many other equally compelling reasons, the Tony Hawk Foundation Board of Directors voted last week to award Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (the implementing entity of Atlanta’s comprehensive urban redevelopment initiative) $25,000 to help complete the 15,000-square-foot skatepark.
“The Tony Hawk Foundation is delighted to have played a role in supporting the development of such an incredible resource for young and old skaters alike,” said Tony Hawk Foundation Executive Director Miki Vuckovich.
Directions and parking information:
The park is located at 830 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, Georgia 30312, and there will be three lots for parking only a short walk away. Parking for Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is very limited and will be available on a first-come/first-served basis. On-street parking will not be available on Willoughby Way, Ashley Ave. or East Ave.
Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or take MARTA Bus Route #16 (NobleDowntown/Noble-Executive Park) which makes multiple stops along Ralph McGill Boulevard near the Skatepark. For more information on the event, parking and directions, please visit Events.BeltLine.org.