Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Original Centennial Olympic Park developer tapped for redesign

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

  • Max Blau/CL File

The Georgia World Congress Center is looking into adding some fancy new additions to Centennial Olympic Park, in hopes of sustaining long-term interest from both local residents and visitors alike.

To do so, they recently asked the park's original designers to come up with a "wish list" of various projects. The plan contains proposed ideas that range from overdue improvements like additional on-street parking to a number of possible new attractions.

While there's no timetable or funding lined up just yet, assistant park manager Joe Skopitz hopes that the new features will encourage visitors to spend more time at Centennial Olympic Park.

"How do we really get them to spend some time here and enjoy the space, rather than just passing through?" Skopitz told WSB-TV.

Some of the design firm's potential ideas for the 21-acre park include a beer garden, carousel, skate park, and a terrace restaurant. Their plan also mentions temporary and permanent art installations, along with what they're calling an "iconic electronic visual element" — which as of now looks like nothing more than a copied-and-pasted photo of the Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park.

It remains to be seen which of these ideas will become a reality. But who knows, maybe this will give folks more of a reason to visit than Googie Burger — however good it may actually be.

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