Law Office of Paul Black - January 2019

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Enjoy Olmsted Linear Park


A HIDDEN GEM Enjoy This Natural Atlantan Treasure

This month, we are focusing on a Georgia treasure that is close to home for our Atlanta readers: Olmsted Linear Park. Nestled between Druid Hills and Ponce Avenue, thousands of Atlantans drive past this incredible park every day without giving it a second thought. Whether you live in the metro area or are planning to visit, we strongly recommend you take the time to walk through this hidden gem.

the worries of the workday. Living in the late 19th century, when industrialization threatened to swallow up natural spaces and strip away the rights of working people, Olmsted was an early proponent of conservationism. Olmsted believed it was important to preserve nature within cities. He reasoned that, this way, people from all walks of life could enjoy moments of peace and tranquility, not just those wealthy enough to venture out into the countryside. It is no wonder Olmsted is considered the father of the American Parks system, having worked on many green spaces throughout the country, including Central Park!

In truth, Olmsted Linear Park is six distinct parks strung together, forming a 45-acre oasis amongst the urban sprawl. Taken together, visitors are treated to a landscape in transition, from rolling pastoral dells in the west to a densely wooded old growth forest in the east. Between the ancient oaks and the steady pitter-patter of a nearby stream, it is easy to forget that downtown Atlanta is a stone’s throw away. And that is exactly what the park’s architect intended. Frederick Law Olmsted, for whom the space is named, wanted this stretch of nature to be a place where people could unwind and forget

So why not enjoy this historic piece of Georgian history? It connects to many other public attractions, including the Fernbank Museum, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The park’s trails are ADA-compliant and open to the public from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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