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Downtown Atlanta will get more green space before the end of the decade.
The spot where the Georgia Dome currently sits will become a part-time park.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority say they’ll build a “green parking lot” after the Dome is demolished.
The clock is ticking for the current home of the Atlanta Falcons as construction continues on Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“Part of our goal is really connecting the west side to the rest of the city and this park space will be an active park of that,” said Penelope McPhee, president of the Blank Foundation.
The venue will be used for parking and tailgating on game days and for special events.
But officials with the foundation and GWCCA say it will be open to the public for most of the year.
“We want it to be inviting, we want it to be a park” said McPhee. “We want it to connect to the rest of the stadium and World Congress Center campus and ultimately, connect to Centennial Olympic Park.”
Kevin Duvall, the COO of the GWCCA, says in addition to pick-up sporting games and the like, the yet-to-be-named venue will also hold free events, like musical performances and farmers’ markets.
The park is scheduled to be opened in 2018, about a year before the Super Bowl comes to town.