Cook Park to officially open with ceremony on July 7

The Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Historic Vine City in Atlanta will be officially opened with a ceremony on July 7 after a previous event was postponed. STEVE SCHAEFER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Credit: Steve Schaefer

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The Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Historic Vine City in Atlanta will be officially opened with a ceremony on July 7 after a previous event was postponed. STEVE SCHAEFER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Atlanta’s west side celebrates the opening of a brand-new park—Cook Park with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 7. according to a press release.

The 16-acre park is a gleaming expanse in Vine City where community members can play, exercise, and experience nature: Walking paths wind past new playground and exercise equipment, all centering on a two-acre pond.

The pond isn’t just a beautiful spot. It’s part of an engineered system that can store up to nine million gallons of stormwater from 160 surrounding acres. We helped create a park that addresses years of disastrous flooding that devastated the surrounding neighborhoods.

Working alongside the City of Atlanta, The Trust for Public Land led fundraising, community design, and managed construction to bring this new water-smart park to life.

More parks, for more people, in more places in the mission of The Trust for Public Land. There are 100 million people—including 28 million kids—in America who don’t have a park close to home.

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Cook Park is just one part of The Trust for Public Lands vision for Atlanta. The organization is committed to:

  • Putting a great park within a 10-minute walk of every resident
  • Building a trail network connecting every neighborhood.
  • Completing a 100-mile greenway along the Chattahoochee River for camping, hiking, and paddling, connecting Atlanta to the Appalachian Trail.
  • Developing climate-smart public schoolyards that double as community parks.
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