AT&T makes big gift to Centennial Olympic Park overhaul


AT&T makes big gift to Centennial Olympic Park overhaul

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July 20, 2016 Atlanta: The Fountain of Rings plash in front of Atlanta skyscrapers and the SkyView ferris wheel in Centennial Olympic Park on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. This year Atlanta is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Olympic Games. EMILY JENKINS/ EJENKINS@AJC.COM

AT&T on Tuesday announced a $1 million donation to the renovation of Centennial Olympic Park.

The telecommunications giant is the latest benefactor to a master plan, called 2020 Vision, for the Georgia World Congress Center campus and the 21-acre downtown park. As part of the $25 million park plan, the Congress Center, which owns the park, acquired the Metro Atlanta Chamber building and will raze the structure after the chamber moves to another building to expand the park’s green space.

The Congress Center also plans new programming, a restaurant, a renovated amphitheater and new water features. The Woodruff Foundation and Coca-Cola are among the other major benefactors, and the Congress Center has relaunched its popular Adopt-A-Brick campaign that helped pay for the original park for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

The park in its 20-year history has emerged as a key piece of downtown and a central attraction for Georgia’s hospitality industry.

“We are proud to continue our investments in this vibrant community and to work closely with our friends at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to breathe new life into the Centennial Olympic Park,” Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia, said in a news release.

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