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The City of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park was named Great Place winner in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 15th annual Developments of Excellence awards. The winners were announced today at the ARC’s annual State of the Region breakfast.

“Under the leadership of Mayor Reed, the Department of Parks and Recreation strives to make Atlanta the city of choice through exceptional spaces and memorable experiences,” said George Dusenbury, Commissioner, Department of Parks and Recreation. “It is no coincidence that, for the second year in a row, ULI has chosen to honor one of Atlanta’s parks. The Great Place award recognizes the vital importance that Piedmont Park plays in this effort, as well as the significant contributions of the Piedmont Park Conservancy.”

The awards are presented annually by the ARC and recognize developments in the 10-county Atlanta region that exemplify cutting-edge designs that are advancing the creation of positive framework for future development. The Great Place designation is given to a place in metro Atlanta that represents livability and sustainability.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a Developments of Excellence recipient by the Atlanta Regional Commission for our many improvements to Piedmont Park,” said Yvette Bowden, President and CEO of Piedmont Park Conservancy. “As we look to the 110th anniversary of Piedmont Park, the Conservancy is committed to continue to work with our partner, the City of Atlanta, to ensure this great park is here for future generations of Atlantans to enjoy.”

The City of Atlanta and Piedmont Park Conservancy recently completed an ambitious project to expand Piedmont Park by 53-acres. The expansion project includes new pedestrian entrances, footbridges, paths and a 3-acre hardwood forest. Other amenities opened in the expansion project include Legacy Fountain and The Promenade, the wetlands, the restoration of creeks that traverse the park, basketball courts, bocce courts, the new aquatic center, an expanded dog park, new lawns, new public restrooms and the conversion of a deteriorating bathhouse into the Greystone event facility.

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