The park, once full of life, entertainment, and a place of gathering has closed due to the financial impact of COVID-19.
What We Know:
- The famous Centennial Olympic Park has 22-acres of green space, according to its website. It was the world’s gathering spot during the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996.
- Centennial Olympic Park is closed indefinitely, according to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) on Monday.
- Executive Director of the park, Frank Poe, said, “that the authority has lost income from canceled summer activities and can’t afford to keep the park open to the public.”
“The financial ramifications stemming from this global pandemic have hit the hospitality industry, including Georgia World Congress Center Authority, especially hard,” Poe said. “The park relies on operating support from GWCC and without event activities on our campus the costs associated with maintaining public access to the park is not feasible.
- The annual Fourth of July fireworks show held at the park was canceled this year. The park has been used as a meeting place for many protests held in Downtown Atlanta.
Poe plans to have authority maintain the green space and landscape at the park “in anticipation of daily uses sometime in the future.”