The Georgia Trust

2013 PLACES IN PERIL: CANDLER PARK GOLF COURSE

THE STORY
Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler donated 55 acres of land in northeast Atlanta to be used as a public park by the city in 1922. The land included a nine-hole golf course designed by landscape architect Helen Smith. Smith was hired by Candler to design the course for his daughter because women were prohibited from playing on the Druid Hills course that Candler frequented.

THE THREAT
Over the past 90 years, residents of Candler Park and the City of Atlanta have enjoyed this public golf course with its beautiful scenery and low green fees. In recent years, the city has leased operations of the golf course to a managing company; however, with low revenue and dwindling use, Atlanta's Department of Parks is considering closing the historic golf course.

THE STRATEGY
Work with neighbors and partners to encourage the continued use of this significant historic resource. Partner with the City of Atlanta and interested parties to develop a long range plan for the golf course that considers both its preservation and economic viability.

 

 

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