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A Guided Tour Of Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skatepark

Two jewels of the Atlanta BeltLine to open this month

Off North Avenue, just east of Glen Iris Drive and behind the Masquerade, lies a green oasis: Historic Fourth Ward Park.

The 17.6-acre park, roughly bounded by North Avenue, Freedom Parkway and Glen Iris Drive, is part of the the Atlanta BeltLine Project, the planned 22-mile necklace of parks, trails and transit around the city.

The park is among the first completed greenspaces in the BeltLine.

But the park, born from a desire by Old Fourth Ward residents to tackle storm water issues, is not just form, but function.

On a recent tour, the BeltLine's Ethan Davidson, told East Atlanta Patch that the park's water feature in the northern, first phase of the greenspace, is a a detention pond for storm water.

The park's southern edge, off Willoughby Way and Ashley Avenue, boasts Atlanta's first skatepark.

The skatepark officially opens Saturday (though there's much evidence that plenty of skateboarding enthusiasts have been making use of it already) with a kick-off party at 3 p.m.

(The entire park will have an official dedication June 18.)

The Tony Hawk Foundation provided a $25,000 grant towards the construction of the skatepark with Tony Hawk himself making several design suggestions.

Check out our video and listen to our interview with Davidson.

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