More than 100 years ago, an east-facing entrance to Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery was closed to the public. Now, the Historic Oakland Foundation will construct a new gate, located near the former entrance, on the cemetery’s east end to make the grounds more accessible.
Construction is slated to begin late this summer on the new gate near the corner of Boulevard and Memorial Drive. This will “help restore the Cemetery’s connection with the Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown neighborhoods,” according to Oakland.
“Reintroducing a gate here will not only be in keeping with historic precedent but, with the anticipated continued development along the Memorial Drive corridor and expansion of the Atlanta Beltline, will also allow a high volume of visitors to access the cemetery without having to walk to the pedestrian gate further to the west,” a statement from the Oakland Foundation reads.
The gate is part of ongoing efforts by the foundation to improve the cemetery’s east side.
The improvements will also include new park benches, park stations and new signage. The cemetery has received funding through the Aderhold Family Foundation and a Park Pride Community Building Grant supported by The Home Depot Foundation, according to the statement.
“Knowing the incredible value that parks and green space provide to individuals and communities, we are thrilled to be able to expand access to historic Oakland Cemetery and provide visitors from the east a new way to enter and exit the park,” Richard Harker, co-executive director of Historic Oakland Foundation, said in a statement.
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Right now it's just a historic brick wall, but by the end of the summer, there will be a gate in this location! For the first time in over a hundred years, visitors will be able to enter Oakland Cemetery from the east side! The new gate will be located near the corner of Boulevard and Memorial Drive. Learn more and support this project at oaklandcemetery.com/eastgate (link in bio) #oaklandcemetery #eastgate #discoveratl #grantpark #cabbagetown #reynoldstown #atlbeltline
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