When it comes to Atlanta's well-positioned intown areas, the English Avenue neighborhood is often overlooked for investment. However, in the shadow of the Atlanta Falcons' Mercedes-Benz Stadium, there's a new bright (green) spot to offer some hope that things are changing. Tomorrow, Lindsay Street Park will open with a ceremony attended by Mayor Kasim Reed and reps from Invest Atlanta and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation who supported the park. While it's nowhere near the scale of the proposed Mims Park down the street in Vine City, the green space is a significant addition to the neighborhood — primarily because it's the first one. And the "Park with a Purpose" will do more than just provide a gathering space for the English Avenue community...
Overtaking what were formerly six abandoned lots, Lindsay Street Park will be an oasis within the community. Expect a playground for neighborhood children, a grassy lawn for relaxing, a meandering path through the site and some gardens. A creek that runs through the park — and out to Proctor Creek — will help with remediation of polluted water, making the neighborhood a healthier place to be, according to the Conservation Fund, which has helped bring the project to fruition. The precedent set by the park is important to note, with the Saporta Report calling it "a model of what needs to happen" in the area.
Lindsay Street Park is an example of renewed investment in the community and by the community that indicates better days may be ahead for the neighborhoods west of Northside Drive.
· Lindsay Street Park [Conservation Fund]
· Lindsay Street Park a model of what needs to happen along Proctor Creek [Saporta Report]