Progress from the Collective Effort – Rodney Cook, Sr. Park in Vine City

The first of over 200 trees will be planted in Cook Park over the next couple of months. The first trees have been installed in rain garden planters along Joseph E. Boone Boulevard. The landscape materials and wide sidewalk along the south side of Boone in front of the park are part of The Trust for Public Land’s scope on this project.

Cement team pours new sidewalks in Vine City’s Cook Park.

The street curb and related stormwater infrastructure are the scope of the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management. Much coordination has taken place between the two separate construction projects so that the two appear and operate seamlessly for pedestrians and park users. Cook Park’s sidewalks on the perimeter of the project and within the site continue to be poured. Lighted sidewalks along Elm Street and Walnut Street will provide safe and accessible connections for residents and park users.

New sidewalk airs out in Vine City’s Cook Park.

Prior to construction of Cook Park, sidewalks did not previously exist in these areas. Wide sidewalks along the west side of the pond have been designed to accommodate festival tents while still providing necessary clearance for pedestrians.

Cement team at work in Vine City’s Cook Park.

Cook Park is designed to seamlessly integrate functional engineering features within a programmed park space while providing park amenities to visitors of all ages and abilities with ways to gather, connect and enjoy nature including: a playground, splash pad, aeration fountain, and great lawn, along with a market plaza, multi-purpose courts, and an amphitheater stage.