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Old 06-11-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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Default Piedmont Park

Is anyone else angry about the closing of the parking lot off of Park Drive to access Piedmont Park? Are we all supposed to pay now to park in the new parking garage? I will never do that. People will only inundate surrounding neighborhoods to find parking now. That can't make locals too happy. This is one of the worst things the city has done. The one major park the city has, and you can't even get to it anymore. Are they trying to close it off to the public??
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Is anyone else angry about the closing of the parking lot off of Park Drive to access Piedmont Park? Are we all supposed to pay now to park in the new parking garage? I will never do that. People will only inundate surrounding neighborhoods to find parking now. That can't make locals too happy. This is one of the worst things the city has done. The one major park the city has, and you can't even get to it anymore. Are they trying to close it off to the public??
No, of course not.

What they ARE trying to do is increase green space and reduce SURFACE parking.

The new deck is freeing up a lot of area for new green space, and IMO they did a fantastic job at hiding it. It also replaced the old parking lot at the front of the Botanical Gardens. It's called progress.

And last time I checked, we have several "major" parks. Grant, Chastain & Freedom Parks are hardly chopped liver.
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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If you don't want to pay to park, then how about taking Marta? Or biking? Or walking to the park? Otherwise, this is a city and people are expected to pay to park. I can't fathom why there was so much uproar over the new Piedmont Park plans. I think it's all going to look great and be a significant improvement when finished.
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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I think it was ridiculous that there was a black-top surface parking lot in Piedmont Park at all. What a strangely environmentally-unfriendly thing to have next to a major greenspace.

Yes, please take MARTA, carpool (and share parking deck expense), walk or bike to the park.
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Default Speak for yourself. I like it.

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The new deck is freeing up a lot of area for new green space, and IMO they did a fantastic job at hiding it. It also replaced the old parking lot at the front of the Botanical Gardens.
Ditto on the above comment. In the past, you had to get to the Botanical Gardens VERY early on busy days to get a spot in their tiny parking lot. After that, you had to park in the surrounding neighborhood (to the angry stares of the residents) and hike it, which if you have a bum knee like me, simply discourages you from going in the first place. Likewise, the surface parking lot at the Park was very small and filled up very early also causing people to park in the nearby neighborhoods where again, the local residents do their best to "discourage" you and even call the cops frequently on folks who even park 1" over a specified area. As a matter of fact, during this year's Dogwood Festival, it was made clear on the web site that police would be out to keep attendees from parking in the neighborhoods around the park at all.

Last weekend I went to the Botanical Gardens and used the new parking deck. Excellent. You don't even know it's there as most of it is buried into the hillside where over time, plants will overgrow much of it. Only the top deck is visible partially, and some of it is covered by green (grass, etc). Security people are visible at all times walking around, and they even have front spots reserved for "alternative fuel vehicles". Got my ticket, EASILY found a parking spot, and was in the door of their new welcome center in minutes. Others were following me, and still others were using the rear steps on the deck which go directly down into Piedmont Park - poof, you're there. Total parking fees for roughly 3.5 hours there was around $6.00 and I think it was well worth the price for the lack of hassles.

With over 750 parking slots, there's now plenty of parking for the Gardens and the Park, and the number of (paying) visitors to the Gardens was visibly clear - and will generate more revenue for the Gardens to expand. The old parking lot will be converted into a brand new garden space (opening in 2010), and as posted earlier, the Piedmont Park lot will become more green space.

No, I'm not a fan of just slapping up parking decks "wherever", but this is one of the rare cases where it was done well, done right, and works. Their pdf info sheet is HERE (http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/pdf/SAGE%20Parking%20Facility%20FAQ%20(3).pdf - broken link) (2 pages, near the end describing the green aspect of it).
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:20 PM
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And last time I checked, we have several "major" parks. Grant, Chastain & Freedom Parks are hardly chopped liver.
Agreed, Centennial Park and Candler Park are great, too.
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I avoid parking garages at all cost. Even if it means walk I willl park at ansley mall and walk to the park.

I don't know why I just hate parking garages they suck in every way.
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