Preserving an Atlanta Treasure for Future Generations...


At the turn of the century, Olmsted gave an incredible gift to our city, our environment and our quality of life. We hope that every Atlantan who cares about our community will give generously to preserve this unique historical and horticultural asset.

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In 1890 Atlanta businessman Joel Hurt engaged Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., to prepare a plan for developing the area now known as Druid Hills. Olmsted was recognized as the nation’s preeminent designer of parks and public open spaces. His work included Central Park in New York City, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the Emerald Necklace of Boston, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and the nation’s Capitol Grounds. The Olmsted firm submitted a preliminary plan to Hurt in 1893 in which the six-segment Linear Park was first laid out. The curving stretches of its landmark greenspace have delighted generations of area residents and the thousands of people who come and go along Ponce de Leon Avenue every day.

Over the years, the Olmsted Linear Park has remained one of Atlanta’s most visible parks. Nonstop usage combined with inadequate maintenance resulted in its gradual decline. To recapture the grandeur of this beautiful and historic park, concerned citizens launched a grassroots effort more than a decade ago.

In 1997, the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance (OLPA) was established to ensure the rehabilitation and preservation of the park for future generations. With support from individuals, foundations and government agencies, OLPA raised $9.5 million for the park’s rehabilitation. Today this historic resource, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and his firm, reflects the quality of peace which Olmsted sought in his designs.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 18-19, 2014
    Festival on Ponce
    The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and "outsider art". In addition to the fine arts, there will be a children's area and local food and beverage. Attendance is Free. 

  • November 1, 2014    10a.m. 
    A Talk in the Park 
    A Talk in the Park is a guided tour of all six segments of the linear park in two parts. The tour will begin at the playground on the corner of S. Ponce de Leon and Clifton Road. The tours are $10 for non-members of OLPA and free to members.  To register or for more information email us at sandy@atlantaolmstedpark.com

  • April 23 - 26, 2015
    The Inaugural Olmsted Plein Air Invitational
    The Plein Air invitational is a 4-day event featuring thirty of the world’s greatest collectible artists producing beautiful paintings for public purchase. Atlanta celebrates the renovated Olmsted Linear Parks through the artistic legacy and plein air heritage of landscape painting. The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is a plein air first for Atlanta and is a rain or shine event.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you want to work in the park, volunteer for the gala, or plein air event we invite you to join us. 

Contact sandy@atlantaolmstedpark.com

The Alliance Has Led Efforts to:

  • Plant hundreds of trees and shrubs, referencing the Olmsted plan of 1902.

  • Bury overhead utility lines, lay stone curbing and erect historically appropriate lighting fixtures for the length of the park along Ponce de Leon and North and South Ponce de Leon avenues.

  • Install walkways and paths to increase access, enhance vistas and improve drainage.

  • Build a new playground for young children in a safer location in the park.

  • Correct erosion and storm water problems throughout the park and rebuild the stream bed and catch basin in the Deepdene segment

  • Improve sidewalks and crosswalks bordering the park to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, in addition to laying a new sidewalk along the main Ponce de Leon side of Deepdene Park

  • Install signs which identify each park segment and explain the historic importance of the park

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