Atlanta, Georgia United States
Drinking Water and Wastewater
City of Atlanta
Historic Fourth Ward Park is one of the first components in the BeltLine Project, which provides a network of public parks, multi-use trails, and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta. HDR worked closely with Atlanta Beltline Inc., the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, and the community to design a park that features a stormwater retention pond, while serving multiple purposes for the adjacent neighborhood. The park, which is designed to provide stormwater drainage relief within a 300-acre drainage basin, uses artistic elements to aerate and recycle pond water.
Triple Bottom Line
Economic: The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management originally estimated stormwater run-off remediation to cost $40,000,000, but partnerships and negotiations with the local community and Atlanta Beltline, Inc. allowed the issue to be solved for approximately $23,000,000.
Social: The park was designed through a unique partnership of residents, business stakeholders, and the local government. The stormwater pond serves as the park's centerpiece, surrounded by walking trails, urban plazas, native plantings, and an amphitheater that can be enjoyed by the residents of Atlanta for years to come.
Environmental: The two-acre stormwater detention pond has dramatically reduced flooding in nearby neighborhoods. The pond generates a minimum of 425 gallons a minute of water due to its elevation below the site's water table, and this water is used to water the park's lawns and playing fields. A ten-foot waterfall and a stone water cascade are used to aerate and recycle the pond water
The park, which provides stormwater drainage relief within a 300-acre drainage basin, uses artistic elements to aerate and recycle pond water and was designed through a unique partnership of residents, business stakeholders, and the local government. The project has generated adjacent development and revitalization, providing the cornerstone for a sustainable, high-density, and high-quality urban transformation along with an outstanding design solution for a combined sewer overflow problem.
Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy