The Georgia Trust

2012 PRESERVATION AWARDS: MARGUERITE WILLIAMS AWARD & EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

OLMSTED LINEAR PARK
Atlanta, DeKalb County

Planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., and his sons as part of the Druid Hills subdivision at the start of the 20th century, the Olmsted Linear Park is now enjoying a fresh beginning to its second century. The park fell into disuse and disrepair in recent decades as it was threatened by highway development and otherwise viewed as an expendable resource in the ever-growing city of Atlanta. The rehabilitation of this park, its landscapes and structures, over the past 13 years has proved to be a wonderful healing process both for the land and for the community, and the project has inspired other community design efforts in the city.

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