As 2017 ended, Atlanta receives the good news that Piedmont Park will be expanded to the north. At a cost of $20 million and with the acquisition of two large land parcels, the popular park will extend to the corner of Piedmont Road and Monroe Drive. The acquired sites are currently occupied by a HobNob gas station and a small shopping center. Final details are not yet clear, but the plans seem to also indicate the inclusion of an old home that most recently served as a restaurant.
Conceptual plans show new trails along and across Clear Creek, the current eastern boundary of the park. Landscape drawings by the HGOR firm show two pavilions or buildings and an amphitheater. City officials report that the public will have input into the final designs.
As part of the proposed expansion, the Atlanta Botanical Garden will take over land currently occupied by a public storage facility and some old commercials buildings to grow eastward along Piedmont Road to the edge of the future Beltline corridor. Plans are far from finalized for the expanded garden.
In total, the proposed expansion is expected to cost nearly $100 million, with the balance provided from the private sector. Two million dollars for land purchase has already been contributed by a private donor.
Source: Curbed Atlanta