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Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park Closed Indefinitely

In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo, people play in the fountains shaped by the Olympic rings at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.  According to a statement issued by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority on Sunday, the park will be closed indefinitely.
In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo, people play in the fountains shaped by the Olympic rings at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. According to a statement issued by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority on Sunday, the park will be closed indefinitely.
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On a typical July day in Atlanta, you might see Centennial Olympic Park packed with museumgoers, Ferris wheel selfie-takers and kids trying to cool off in the fountain. However, due to the pandemic, this summer has been anything but typical.

According to a statement issued by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority on Sunday, the park will be closed indefinitely.

Frank Poe, executive director for GWCCA, explains in the release that the financial impact of the pandemic on the center, which is the largest of its kind in North America, makes maintaining the park for public access all but impossible.

“The Park relies on operating support from GWCC, and without event activities on our campus, the costs associated with maintaining public access to the Park is not feasible. We will focus our resources on preserving the green space and landscape in anticipation of daily use sometime in the future,” Poe said.

The release did not mention social distancing as part of the decision to close the park, however, features like the fountain of rings, the playground and the information center have remained closed for the duration of the pandemic’s impact on Georgia.

Centennial Olympic Park and the surrounding areas have been the site of numerous protests against police brutality and racial injustice since May when the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer sparked national outrage.