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Atlanta’s Super Bowl unveils legacy project

Atlanta’s Super Bowl organizers unveiled plans Wednesday for a $2 million renovation of a neighborhood park on the city’s Westside as a lasting legacy of next year’s mega-game here.

The renovation of John F. Kennedy Park, located about a mile from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, will be funded by contributions from the NFL Foundation and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and by ticket proceeds from an open-to-the-public Falcons practice held last month. 

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday, with work scheduled to begin next month and to be completed before Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3. 

Blank, the Falcons’ owner, said the project is an example that the Super Bowl “will touch Atlanta in many, many different ways.” 

“Our commitment to positive, impactful transformation of Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods began more than 10 years ago and will continue for decades to come,” Blank said. “The opportunity to better leverage our Westside investments and elevate the impact of Super Bowl LIII to bring a lasting greenspace focused on sports and fitness is a great honor for all of us.” 

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According to Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee chairman Dan Corso, the park renovation will include a full-sized turf playing surface, a hard-court basketball court, a lighted walking path, a Fit-Trail exercise system, new playground equipment, a picnic pavilion and other features. 

The city of Atlanta owns and operates the park, which is used by students at the next-door Hollis Innovation Academy and by residents of the neighboring community.

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