Agency and Atlanta-based Perkins and Will are working with the the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and the City of Atlanta to create a design vision for Boulevard Crossing Park, a new park along the regional BeltLine trail that rings the city. The design vision builds off previous master planning and phase one improvements as well as community engagement, creating a series of vital new places and a sustainable ecological framework for this largely degraded 25-acre site in southeast Atlanta.
With over 100 vertical feet of change across the site, the design vision celebrates and sculpts the topography to enhance a sense of drama and discovery, frame spaces for different community uses and capture, store and clean stormwater. The slopes between site elements celebrate the region’s diverse, native plant palette and lead to a ramble of trails and boardwalks that wind through wet meadows at the site’s low-point.
The design team is facilitating extensive community conversation to inform the design and programming of the park. The engagement included visioning and goal-setting as well as shared evaluation of potential uses and activities and a series of diverse concept alternatives. The synthesized design vision is the direct result of this engaged conversation.
The park includes a sequence of places nestled into the site’s hillside. The site is centered around a sculpted Event Lawn – a multi-use space designed to accommodate both recreational uses and community gatherings and events. Perched above the Event Lawn, an activated ribbon of park connects Englewood Avenue to the future Southside Trail and weaves together a hillside play landscape, a dog run, a skate park and – the project’s icon – an overlook and water fall at the site’s highest point. At the site’s lowest corner, an important community crossroads, a new synthetic soccer field is lined with urban plazas with community gathering spaces and planted terraces for spectators.
The design team includes Grayscale Collaborative, Fluidity Design Consultants, Sherwood Design Engineers, Grindline and Zaragunda and a technical team of experts including Olsson, Studioverde, Accura Engineering and Consulting, Inc., Costing Services Group, Edwards Pittman, Irrigation Consultant Services, Newcomb & Boyd and Uzun and Case.Project Images