Sometimes, city living can be a big obstruction in enjoying the outdoors. However, some civic planners and urban designers are pushing it hard to change the scenario. Their initiatives should be welcomed with open arms. Urban green spaces and other nature-based solutions offer an innovative approach to increase the quality of urban settings, enhance local flexibility and promote sustainable lifestyles, improving both the health and well-being of urban residents.
The opening of parks or green spaces is an important investment in every locality where the citizens can benefit from their lifestyle. It helps to fight pollution, encourage biodiversity, control temperatures, and humidity. It attracts people to enjoy themselves amidst nature, improves their mental health, and at the same time improves the atmosphere around them.
1. Park over Georgia Highway 400
This year witnessed Buckhead’s highway-capping, which is a nine-acre park concept, emerge from the hibernation triggered by Covid-19. HUB404 came forward to create a tapestry of trails and grassy park settings from thin air above Georgia Highway, 400. The cost for this initiative is reported to be $200 million or more.
2. Gulch Redo
In recent times, Gulch Redo is one of the closest-watched mega proposals of Atlanta. It is a 50-acre reconstruction of downtown’s subterranean Gulch that is now called Centennial Yards. California developer CIM Group has started permitting and infrastructure work for what could be a $5 billion project further supported by an around $2 billion tax-incentive package. It would have been an eclectic mix of retail, offices, hotel rooms, and apartments.
Amidst pending litigation and the pandemic, the redevelopment of previous Norfolk Southern buildings along the Gulch’s southern rim is about to open this year.
3. Fourth Ward Project
This project is led by Jim Irwin. Its multipronged and extensive billion-dollar venture transformed Eastside Trail into a space that exudes the vibes of downtown. The construction work on this 12-acre site is still going on. Besides, the digital marketing giant Mailchimp is expected to occupy two-thirds of the first two towers by the end of next year (2022).
This project is now almost 80 percent complete and longer than four miles. This space is frequently visited by exercisers and local event organizers. It further came into the limelight when it opened a beautiful segment that moves like a snake from Miami Circle to near Lenox Square. Some additional pieces of attractions, including the key connections in the Lindbergh area, are about to go into construction in the second half of this year.
5. Westside Park
The plan for constructing the largest park in Atlanta is finally getting some movements in 2021. The project will reportedly cost $44 million, and this greenspace of 280-acre will be 100-acre larger than Piedmont Park. It is constructed around a city reservoir that is now filled with emergency drinking water which is enough to serve the requirements of water for one month.
The first section is expected to open by early summer. Besides, it will offer a 2.5-mile trail for biking and walking, a playground, parking, a sculpture, and a mesmerizing “grand overlook” of the reservoir and skyline beyond.
6. Buckhead’s Outdoor Shopping District
This project encompasses 6 city blocks as well as more upbeat and colorful branding and a veranda that is easily accessible by the public. The place promises to be a more family-friendly and budget-friendly attraction assembling the luxury brand. The main points of attractions there are:
- Fetch Dog Park
- Italian Wine Bar Storico Vino
- Local Entrepreneurs and Makers Hub Village Supply
These green spaces can improve the environment we live in, help build stronger, more resilient communities, and can provide a host of economic benefits as well. Urban greenspace can further help us create more sustainable communities that are healthy and enjoyable to live in.