The Chastain Park Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and improving the park, which spans 268 acres and attracts an estimated 2 million visitors each year. It operated out of the building, which was nestled in the middle of the park’s public golf course.
McHugh said the blaze began an hour after she left the building and destroyed the group’s pickup truck, lawn mower and other equipment used to maintain the park. But she said most records were preserved online and that other nearby buildings, including a pavilion and greenhouse, were not damaged.
"Our collective goal and hope is to rebuild on or near our existing site, and we will strive for a building that conveys the barn's historic character and will serve as a community gathering center," she said in a post.
“Like Atlanta's beloved symbol, the Phoenix, the Conservancy will rise again — better than ever — from the ashes,” she said. “Our board, supporters, volunteers, the city and park patrons will see to that.”