Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park spans twenty-one acres in downtown Atlanta, GA. The park was commissioned by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) in preparation for the upcoming 1996 Summer Games. The site chosen for the park was a dilapidated area of downtown Atlanta characterized by vacant lots and abandoned industrial properties. Centennial Olympic Park hosts a popular summer concert series and fireworks display, attracting nearly three million people to the park annually. The park sustained major damage in 2008 when a tornado struck the downtown area. Two large outdoor lamps, measuring sixty-five feet in height, were blown down. The tornado marked the first of its kind in Atlanta since weather patterns began to be regularly recorded in the 1880s.
Backstory and Context
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"Olympic Legacy." Centennial Olympic Park. Accessed April 5, 2014. https://www.gwcca.org/park/olympic-legacy.