Josh Green | Atlanta Curbed

[Rendering: Atlanta Waterworks Park/Facebook]
[Rendering: Atlanta Waterworks Park/Facebook]
The movement to create Atlanta Waterworks Park isn’t so grassroots any more. The initiative keeps padding its coffers, holding high-profile fundraisers and now has the public support of Mayor Kasim Reed and top Beltline honchos. Talk of reopening the grounds — a public park for many decades, prior to the Centennial Olympic Games — has been going on for years, but in recent months these more substantive efforts have caught the eye of government officials and local media.

Most recently, Westside Provisions District held a “high-energy fall fashion show” last month and raised $10,000 for the grassroots Friends of Atlanta Waterworks, the group working to make the Westside preserve public-accessible again, according to a spokesperson. That followed another “friendraiser” this year at Monday Night Brewing, which tallied $17,000. Supporters seem to feel the ball could really get rolling in 2015.

Like developers, residents and businesses with vested interests in the area, Reed seems committed to seeing the Waterworks vision play out. He’s selected a team of senior staff to oversee its progress, in fact. According to a press release, “The effort will be led by JoAnn MaCrina, commissioner of the Department of Watershed Management, with support from Parks and Recreation and Atlanta Beltline, Inc. and city council representatives Yolanda Adrean and Andre Dickens who continue to show their support as key role players in these efforts.”

Prior to the Olympics, the Atlanta Waterworks property at 17th Street and Howell Mill Road hosted running races and allowed for leisurely strolls. Concerns of terrorists poisoning Atlanta’s water supply during the Olympics necessitated fences that have encircled the property ever since. Read more