Fall Tour of Atlanta’s Olmsted Linear Parks

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 9:30am

GPPA is pleased to present its first Hands On Weekend Workshop: a guided tour of Atlanta’s historic Olmsted Linear parks.

The Olmsted Parks run roughly east-west along Ponce de Leon Avenue, what was once one of the city’s main traffic arteries to and from the “streetcar suburbs” of Druid Hills and Decatur.

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 1800s, the parks were created to impart lush green space to the gracefully curving boulevard of Ponce de Leon Avenue and to provide the residents of Druid Hills with places to picnic, stroll, and enjoy nature.

Over the years, Ponce de Leon was widened, developments came and went, and the parks fell into disuse and disrepair. In 1997 the non-profit Olmsted Linear Park Alliance (OLPA) was formed to ensure the preservation and rehabilitation of the parks. Since then, OLPA has raised nearly $10 million in its efforts to clean up, replant, and revitalize the parks, returning Olmsted’s “green gift to Atlanta” to its full potential.

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, GPPA members will be treated to a guided tour led by the Park’s director, George Ickes. George heads up all the planting efforts, organizes volunteers, and performs maintenance tasks ranging from pruning to clearing invasives, to spreading mulch. He is in the parks seven mornings a week most weeks of the year. Fall is one of the best times to visit the parks as they are full of plants that display amazing leaf color.

The tour will meet at the playground in Springdale Park at 9:30am on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Cost is $10 for GPPA members and $15 for non-members. Expect the tour to last about 60-90 minutes with the option of extending it into the furthest park, Deepdene, at the end if folks are interested. The tour will be on paved walking paths, held rain or shine.

Check the GPPA website or Facebook page for more details as the date approaches. You can also read more about the Olmstead Linear Parks at http://www.atlantaolmstedpark.org


Photos from the GPPA Tour of Olmstead Linear Parks
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