We couldn’t have asked for better weather when we gathered at the new South Atlanta playground for its official ribbon cutting. Warm breezes swept through the gazebo, and children immediately scaled the new climbing structure. Local elected officials Carla Smith, David Dreyer, and Matt Westmoreland joined neighbors as the Friends of South Atlanta Park officially opened the new playground.
The installment is both the fruition of several years of work, as well as the first sign of changes to come at our local park. The Friends of South Atlanta Park worked with FCS and the City of Atlanta to secure funds for the new play equipment, as well as some swinging benches for added seating. They have also spearheaded a complete vision plan for the park with neighbors contributing ideas from dog parks to bocce ball courts to solar paneled shade covers.
The Friends of South Atlanta Park will continue to work on exciting improvements to this valuable public space. It was a delight to celebrate the completion of this important first piece and watch neighborhood children enjoy their new playground. Local seven-year-old Gabriella Quezada said, “It’s fun! And I could climb all the way to the top and look out!” There’s no better endorsement of a playground than happy kids playing!