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Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park renovation, expansion gets underway

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Construction has halted new bookings of the park through 2019, but some popular events will go on through construction

An excavator sits on the concrete slab of the old building, with the skyline and Ferris wheel in the background.
Looking across the remains of the Chamber building toward the park and downtown.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

Work on the long-planned renovation and expansion of Centennial Olympic Park began last week with the demolition of the old Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce building.

Crews made quick work of the three-story building, which had stood on the western side of the park along Marietta Street and actually predated the greenspace by nearly a decade.

The work marks the first tangible progress on a project that’s supposed to add nearly three acres of beautified breathing room to the 21-year-old park.

Plans, released earlier this year, include new sidewalks, an expanded amphitheater, new entrances to the park, and sculptures paying homage to the Olympics.

Additionally, a new events facility will replace the third-story deck that once hosted events on top of the Chamber building.

It’ll take nearly 18 months for work to be completed, which creates a pinch at a location that’s become more popular for huge events (and Atlanta’s growing tourist hordes) in recent years.

During that time, many of the park’s signature features—from the Olympic Rings fountain to the playgrounds—will be closed to visitors as they undergo work, according to the AJC.

The active construction also means the park will not host many events over the next year and 1/2, save for ones that were booked well in advance.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Centennial Olympic Park

285 International Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 404 223 4412 Visit Website

Metro Atlanta Chamber

235 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Visit Website