The arrival of Atlanta’s first public skatepark was greeted with great excitement – with real life skateboard legend Tony Hawk breaking it in. Located alongside the Atlanta BeltLine corridor in the shadow of Freedom Parkway, the park offers world-class skateboard amenities as well as a playground and multi-use athletic field. Opened in spring 2011, it has quickly become a hot gathering spot for skaters, athletes and families alike.
See Grand Opening Video (right)
Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark became an immediate hit with the skateboard circuit. A grand opening celebration included an appearance by legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, whose foundation contributed $25,000 towards the construction of the new facility. During his visit, Tony Hawk noted the exceptional size of the skatepark and praised its design, which offers something for skaters of every skill level. As for the design, the local skateboard community was highly involved in the design process. This was one of the key reasons the Tony Hawk Foundation took such a keen interest in the project.
Accessing the Atlanta BeltLine from Willoughby Way and the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark (links to directions and video at Atlanta Beltline web site)
Skateboard Rules – See this PDF from the City of Atlanta
Though the skatepark is a singularly unique element in this magnificent greenspace, it is by no means the only feature worth checking out. There is a large multi-use athletic field and a dynamic playground for kids. Plenty of recreational opportunities await visitors.
Ease of access to and from the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is one of its greatest assets with the completion of the Eastside Trail. Now under construction, the Eastside Trail is the first segment of trail and linear greenspace to be built in the old rail corridor. Visitors to the skatepark can soon jump right onto the Eastside Trail for a quick trek up to Historic Fourth Ward Park or Piedmont Park, or down to DeKalb Avenue. Because it is one of the few parks that will be at grade level adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine, skaters, bikers and runners will undoubtedly make this a popular meeting point along the Eastside Trail.
Sustainable features of the park include solar photovoltaic panels, offsetting roughly 50 percent of the park’s energy costs, and an underground cistern from which all non-potable water is drawn so as not to strain the city’s water resources. An organic land care regimen is used to maintain the greenspace and landscaping.
Funding for this park came from City of Atlanta Park Improvement Bonds, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Capital Campaign, the Atlanta BeltLine TAD, and a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Some content on this page courtesy of Atlanta Beltline Inc.