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Atlanta’s New Years Eve ‘Peach Drop’ tradition will need a new home

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Celebration will be relocated to another part of downtown after city sells land

Pyrotechnics launch as the peach descends.
This year will be the last to see the famed, flaming peach drop at Underground.
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For more than two decades, revelers have taken to the downtown streets surrounding Underground Atlanta to ring in the New Year with a giant plummeting peach.

However, with plans pending to redevelop Underground Atlanta into a major urban mixed-use community, the giant fruit fiesta is on the proverbial cutting board.

According to the Saporta Report, 2016/2017 will be the last year celebrated at Underground, with the sale of the land set to close in the first days of next year. The mayor indicated that the sale is actually being delayed to allow for the celebrations to go on.

Night rendering of Underground with new high-rise and mid-rise development.
Plans for Underground’s redevelopment.
WRS via Atlanta Business Chronicle

For those worried about how Atlanta will mark New Years in the future, the city is already exploring options to keep the celebrations downtown.

After it was announced last year that the Peach Drop may be forced to move in the future, an overwhelming majority of Curbed readers indicated they’d like to see the peach plummet in Centennial Olympic Park.

Once downtown’s signature park is spruced up and expanded, could it be Atlanta’s logical, future home for NYE festivities? What’s another feasible option? Woodruff Park? The Gulch?