Located in northeast Atlanta, Piedmont Park is a 166-acre urban park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kimley-Horn provided landscape architecture, civil and environmental engineering, grant application assistance, and transportation consulting services for the 53-acre Northwoods expansion.
The Piedmont Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the park, completed a successful fundraising campaign and were ready to implement the Northwoods master plan—adding 53 acres of land to Piedmont Park. To lead this project, the Conservancy sought a strong landscape architect-led, multidisciplinary team; and Kimley-Horn was selected for our strong design skills and consensus-building experience. We were able to develop creative designs and workable, buildable solutions that met the needs of the Conservancy, contractor, the site itself, and, ultimately, park patrons.
Kimley-Horn provided creative design solutions to the myriad complex site and engineering challenges on this urban park project. Our team designed The Promenade, which boasts the new Legacy Fountain Plaza, and two meadows with stunning views of the newly created Six Springs Wetlands and Woodlands. The Legacy Fountain features more than 70 jets reaching up to 30 feet in the air and LED lighting capable of showcasing more than 1 million lighting configurations. Other major amenities include a dog park, wetland boardwalk, renaturalized Clear Creek, conversion of 1.5 acres of surface parking lot into the Leaders Grove green space, bocce courts, and a Welcome Plaza that marks the entrance to Piedmont Park from a new parking garage.
Additionally, Kimley-Horn designed a large multi-purpose path that winds its way through the woods—and doubles as a handicap accessible ramp—to provide easy access for all park users between the upper and lower meadows. We also took advantage of and highlighted the site’s dramatic topography with strategically placed overlooks. These popular spots gives park visitors an exciting overview of the park and the facilities in the lower meadow and dog park areas next to the proposed Atlanta BeltLine.
- 2011 Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development — ENR Southeast 2011 Best Project Award
- 2010 Five Star Restoration Program Project, Six Springs Wetland Restoration at Piedmont Park — National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program