Introducing a vision for Candler Park

The Candler Park Conservancy Board is proud to unveil a vision plan for the park long-awaited by neighboring residents.

We’re also thrilled to announce that our pro bono team from Perkins + Will has earned a prestigious landscape architecture award for the plan. They’ve given countless hours on behalf of our neighborhood, and the award is well-deserved!

As part of our ongoing efforts to move community discussion forward, Conservancy board members will discuss the Vision Plan at the July 17 CPNO members meeting. But why not take your own preview tour right here? Simply click on the image below.

We need your support for this major effort to improve the number one asset in our community.

You may recall that the Conservancy was formed in 2015 in response to the long list of park-related recommendations that appeared in the neighborhood master plan that CPNO funded. More than 20 neighborhood master plan recommendations centered on the park — including the proposal to form a conservancy.

Once the Conservancy was established, the new group’s board set about cataloguing the community’s wish lists, getting more input, and seeking professional guidance. In October 2015, we held a half-day charrette at the Old Stone Church, where potential projects were discussed and many of the neighborhood master plan recommendations were affirmed.

Then, last year, fortune befell us. Conservancy Board Member John Skach wrangled a commitment from his architectural firm, Perkins + Will, to shepherd the ideas collected at various forums into a vision plan for the park. The results are stunning. We urge you to go to to see for yourself!

The team’s hard work received recognition last month when the American Society of Landscape Architects (Southeast Region) gave them an Merit Award in the Analysis and Planning Category. Congratulations to Lauren Fraley, Micha Lipscomb and Chelsi Rome. We can’t thank you enough for your help in bringing us this far!

The Vision Plan creates a new narrative for Candler Park as “Atlanta’s Natural Place to Play,” It lays out a comprehensive framework for enhancing existing uses. It also proposes to create better entry points into the park and better connectivity within the park.

It’s important to remember that the Vision Plan is a living document. The images and descriptions are conceptual. They give us an idea of what that particular feature might look like. Now, it’s up to us to work together to as we refine the designs, prioritize the projects, raise money the necessary funds, and collectively roll up our sleeves to improve Candler Park.

Please join our organization — your organization. And be sure to review the Vision Plan and to offer your feedback.

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