A new look for Olympic Park — courtesy of Bank of America

Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park is growing, with Bank of America’s help.

The bank announced a $1 million grant to help redevelop and expand the park. Atlanta Market President Wendy Stewart presented the award to representatives from the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), including Executive Director Frank Poe and David Allman, chairman of GWCCA’s Board of Governors.

“Centennial Olympic Park is a cornerstone of Atlanta civic activity, and Bank of America has a deep legacy with the Olympics, going back to our local predecessor NationsBank,” Stewart said. “We believed in the promise the park and the Games symbolized for a flourishing city, and since then have continually invested in the communities that make up our city by supporting neighborhood revitalization, arts and culture, and environmental conservation.”

The idea for Centennial Olympic Park was conceived in 1993 when Billy Payne, president and CEO of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, saw an opportunity to transform a warehouse district into a pedestrian-friendly green-scape.

Over the past two decades, a number of new attractions, including the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the World of Coca-Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame, have found a home around the park.

The support for the park’s expansion will help GWCCA realize its 2020 Vision strategic plan by funding improvements to the 21-acre site, in turn strengthening the economic health of Atlanta.

GWCCA will develop projects to increase community access, attract visitors and expand programming opportunities. These projects include adding green space, creating a pedestrian plaza, revamping the park’s popular amphitheater, creating a bike depot in conjunction with the PATH Foundation and opening up the Baker Street corner to neighboring attractions.

“Bank of America supports local communities through capital investments in Atlanta and in cities across the U.S.,” Stewart said. “Through our grant and by partnering with GWCCA we’re helping to create jobs, enrich the cultural fabric of Atlanta and drive investment in the surrounding communities.”


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