The park is named for Cook, the late former Atlanta alderman and state representative, who was one of the few white elected officials who voted to seat Julian Bond in the chamber in 1966. At the time, Bond was a controversial figure as a civil rights leader and opponent of the Vietnam War. Cook also championed a number of anti-discrimination causes during his time in and out of elected office. He died in 2013.
The $45 million park, funded by the city, businesses and nonprofits, will include 18 monuments to civil rights leaders and peacemakers and the library of civil rights leader C.T. Vivian. It will also be home to a 110-foot peace column.