Linear Park Plaza Area Amphitheater Structure
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The Linear Park, on the incinerator site, is a conceptual vision designed to meet the  future recreational needs of the city of Atlanta.  This greenway system of linear trails provides the surrounding neighborhoods with many opportunities of outdoor entertainment.  Some of the elements in the park include trailheads with informational kiosks, a network of trails both primary and secondary, a series of community gardens, playgrounds, meadows, wildflower walks, large open spaces, docks and fishing piers, and a  wetland area. These park amenities provide a welcome opportunity for relaxation and contemplation.


Along the Southern boundary of the park exits a neighborhood that sorely needs the recreational and cultural amenities that this park provides. The Linear Park design group sought to provide the surrounding neighborhood with the community gardens and play areas. These are intended to offer a special place for the people of this historic neighborhood, so that they feel a sense of ownership within the park. Each neighborhood street that abuts the park has a trailhead that connects to the overall trail system, a playground with play structures, and community garden plots that offer vegetable and flower gardening. The park and the neighborhood are one, intertwined together they make the neighborhood streets an extension of the trail system that stretch into the surrounding community.


Primary trail entries from the surrounding neighborhood connect into the linear park system.  Each trailhead includes an informational kiosk that explains the where you are in the system of park trails.  Primary trails are designed to be paved and are wide enough for two-way traffic. Secondary trails are designed to enhance the outdoor experience. Secondary trails offer the kind of secluded outdoor experience often sought out in the busy urban environments of today.


Outdoor sculpture is art and history that everyone can enjoy. Outdoor sculptures are highly visible focal points and, when well-maintained, help create a healthy, vibrant sense of community, a sense of belonging. When artworks are in the public realm, they should be of durable, low-maintenance materials and should be designed, created and installed with thought given to long-term costs needed to maintain their appearance and structural integrity. Today's public sculpture will become tomorrow's historic monuments. Just as communities work now to preserve their existing sculptures and monuments, future generations will be preserving the art created today. The problems that have affected collections of older works will afflict new creations as well. Positive public support is crucial to the survival of outdoor sculpture and can be heightened through education and community participation.

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Linear Park Plaza Area Amphitheater Structure
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1997 Landscape Architecture Foundation Demonstration Project
Sponsored by Urban Resources Partnership
Last updated on 13 February 1998