Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry
The City of Atlanta plans for a $26 million Phase One of the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry and has partnered with HGOR to master plan the entirety of what will be Atlanta’s largest park destination. Slated to open in 2019, the park will provide Atlanta its largest gathering space, highlight the new quarry lake and showcase expansive views that connect through a carefully designed system of walkways and trails. It will also include an elaborate gateway entrance at the intersection of Johnson Road and Grove Park Place and trails leading to the grand overlook area for views of the quarry-turned-reservoir.
HGOR’s design looked at this project as an opportunity to design and implement an ambitious greenspace that is cohesive with and accentuates the quarry-turned-reservoir as well as the community surrounding it. The park’s goal is to create a sense of culture and connectivity using a master planning component to foster community engagement. Components geared towards sustainability could include educational facilities and venues for events, weddings and festivals. These efforts will be integrated by capitalizing on the park’s three natural high points for venue spots that overlook dramatic views of the city.
As both a design and engineering feat, the quarry-turned-reservoir will take on the role of Atlanta’s major emergency water source, increasing the city’s drinking water supply from three days to thirty-plus days. Supporting the importance of water, the surrounding park will feature significant elements of green infrastructure, enhancing water quality and ground water infiltration.
When complete, the park will showcase a grand high overlook with spectacular views back to the Atlanta skyline, a stage, architectural follies, a community farm, a braided stormwater management system and will encompass a total of 280 acres, nearly one hundred acres larger than Piedmont Park and will become the connective tissue linking the Proctor Creek Greenway and Chattahoochee River Corridor with the Atlanta Beltline trail connectivity.Phase One implementation, designed by HGOR, broke ground in September of 2018 and is slated to open in 2019.