Historic Fourth Ward Park
Located in a lowland area, the urban watershed of the Clear Creek Basin that sits at the heart of Atlanta's historic Fourth Ward was subject to intermittent flooding and sewer overflows during storm events. To address this problem, the city initially planned to fix the sewer overflow problem by laying more pipe via a tunnel extension of the sewer system. But then came the idea to transform a blighted industrial lowland into urban greenspace with stormwater control features designed as a beautiful public park.
HDR was hired to plan and execute the first five acres of the Historic Fourth Ward Park which includes the stormwater detention pond and surrounding aesthetic features. With stormwater flowing into the pond from its four sides, HDR designed distinct artistic features for each side, including a step down channel, a water wall with sculptural elements, a tunnel to bring water into the pond and subsurface water discharges into a dry stream bed. The park is the first component of what will be a 22-mile BeltLine Greenway, described as the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in Atlanta.
- 2013 - Project of Year, Awards of Excellence, Urban Land Institute
- 2012 - Merit Award, General Design Category - American Society of Landscape Architects, Georgia Chapter
- 2012 - Development of Excellence Award, Atlanta Regional Commission and Livable Communities Coalition
- 2011 - Honor Award, Engineering Excellence Awards, American Council of Engineering Companies
- 2011 - Engineering Excellence Award, American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia
- 2011 - Award of Excellence, Parks and Landscape Design, Atlanta Urban Design Commission
- 2009 - Honor Award, Analysis and Planning, American Society of Landscape Architects, Georgia Chapter
- 2013, September - Frontline Park, cityparksblog.org