Vine City is about to get an epic park, thanks in no part to the City of Atlanta! According to the Saporta Report, the 16-acre "Historic Mims Park" will be funded by The Trust for Public Land after the city has failed to overcome obstacles associated with the site. The planned park, a resurrection of a long-lost green space that once existed on the west side of downtown, could be an awesome addition to the neighborhoods just west of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
While it seems that Historic Mims Park could really, finally be moving forward, the report offers a warning that the plug could still be pulled if all money is not secured to fund the project. In the past, cost estimates have run as high as $55 million, and ecological concerns have stood in the way of the park becoming a reality. Still, the ball is rolling on testing for the site, and The Trust for Public Land has a great track record, having been instrumental in creating the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site on the east side of the city.
For now, The Trust has simply agreed to raise funds for the Mims project, which wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime, and the planning phases would require input from the surrounding community. There's no word on a possible completion date.
· TPL to build long-awaited park in Vine City, near new Falcons stadium [Saporta Report]
· Remember Historic Mims Park? It Could Start Happening Soon [Curbed Atlanta]