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Community Spotlight: Experience the Wonder of Olmsted Linear Park

On any given day, passersby will see the park scattered with visitors. Some of the locals’ favorite things to do in Atlanta are walking their dog through the old growth forest we know as Deepdene, health enthusiasts run and walk along the paved pathways, cyclists make their way to work or the Atlanta Beltline and children play endlessly in the oval mead.

Visitors to the Olmsted Linear Park get more than just being in the outdoors, they get to experience the grandeur of nature and wildlife in an urban setting. This linear park fosters healthier lifestyles, stronger communities, and opportunities to create lifelong memories. And, that was precisely what Frederick Law Olmsted intended in his landscape designs – for people to enjoy open green spaces, to play among the trees and find tranquility in nature.

Since 1997, the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance’s (OLPA) mission has been to preserve and protect this treasure for metro Atlanta residents and visitors to enjoy today, and for future generations. Today, OLPA’s focus has turned to enhance the historic park’s landscape features and nurturing its maturing trees.

Celebrating 20 Years of conservation of the Olmsted Linear Park, OLPA kicked off their anniversary with the annual Party for the Park on Ponce on Sunday, February 12 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. OLPA will be hosting other events throughout the year. Look for more details online at

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