City of Atlanta, Atlanta Housing Authority
Butler Park Revitalization
Butler Park was opened in the 1960s as a counterpart to Grady Homes, a public housing site just east of Grady Hospital in Downtown Atlanta.
Named after civil rights activist Selena Sloan Butler, the 3.4-acre park, which had once been a major community gathering area, fell into disrepair and was ultimately closed following severe tornado damage in 2008. Four years later, however, the redevelopment of Grady Homes into the Ashley Auburn Pointe senior housing community was in its final stages and the Edgewood Avenue and Decatur Street corridors were thriving with new mixed-use development and retail activity. Butler Park was now poised to become a centerpiece to a diverse community of new residents including active seniors, families with children and Georgia State University students.
Throughout 2010 and 2011, LAS helped the Atlanta Housing Authority and the City of Atlanta re-envision and re-build Butler Park. The design team facilitated community workshops, created a park master plan and oversaw the design and construction process leading up to the park’s re-opening in Fall 2011. The new park includes a renovated Community Center, a new plaza with seating area and views of the Downtown skyline, a Bocce court, a large new multi-age playground, a new multi-use field, exercise path and stations, outdoor table tennis, gaming tables, a pavilion/picnic area and a community garden. The new Butler Park includes both passive and active areas that are as diverse as the neighborhood around it.
Butler Park was the recipient of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Parks Build Community project and was the highlighted project for the NRPA’s Annual Congress and Exposition held in Atlanta in November 2011.