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The City’s Oldest Park


In 1883, Lemuel P. Grant, a founding father of Atlanta, gave the city 100 acres under the stipulation that “the land should be used for park purposes for all Atlantans.” Over 130 years later, Grant Park is Atlanta’s oldest city park.

Located in Atlanta’s largest historic district, the park’s popularity stems from the addition of Zoo Atlanta in 1889 and the Atlanta Cyclorama (recently relocated) in 1893. The 131.5-acre urban green space designed by Olmsted landscape architects draws over two million visitors each year to its attractions like annual festivals, the Recreation Center, pool, playgrounds, and picnic pavilions.

Haley Haas, SPR Atlanta

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