Parking spaces and park spaces may be separated linguistically by only a syllable, but as urban features, the two are diametrically opposed.
Combining the two might seem incongruous, but a massive new parking deck is planned to incorporate loads of greenspace in Grant Park, offering the best of both worlds, officials say.
According to a City of Atlanta press release, the $48 million “Grant Park Gateway Project” will provide space for nearly 1,000 cars, while also creating a new park space and restaurant at the Boulevard side of Grant Park.
The deck’s development comes in response to a lack of parking in the booming neighborhood, coupled with the expansion of adjacent Zoo Atlanta.
Designed by local architecture firm Smith Dalia, the four-story deck will rise on an existing eight-acre parking lot, but it won’t be visible from the street, thanks to a large change in elevation.
Rather, the spacious new greenspace atop the deck will meet the street, while the 4,000-square-foot restaurant will cater to pedestrians and parkgoers.
Renderings indicate the Zoo Atlanta side of the deck will be masked by a screen of some kind.
Plans call for the project to be LEED-certified, with measures in place to reduce storm water runoff and improve air quality.
But improving the environment isn’t the only good the deck will do: According to the project’s master planner and landscape architect HGOR, funds from the restaurant will be going back into the park, creating a more self-sustaining Grant Park.
- Mayor Kasim Reed Unveils Grant Park Gateway Project Plans [City of Atlanta]
- In Grant Park, a 1,000-car parking deck is planned [Curbed]