The Grant Park neighborhood was named for Lemuel P. (L.P.) Grant, a civil engineer for the Georgia Railroad who has been called the “Father of Atlanta.” As an agent for the Western Railroad Company and the Georgia Air Line Railroad, Grant helped to bring the railroad to Atlanta. During the Civil War, in his capacity as chief engineer for the Department of the Militia, C.S.A., he planned and supervised the construction of defensive lines around the city. Ater the war, he continued to serve the city as a member of the committee that named streets, member of the city council, Board member of the Bank of the State of Georgia and served on the committee to draft the new city charter in 1873. – See more at: http://grantpark.org/history
- With a walkability to score of 52, Grant Park is considered VERY WALKABLE, and most errands can be accomplished on foot.
- With a bikability score of 44, Grant Park is considered SOMEWHAT BIKABLE
Farmer’s Markets and Community Gardens
All the neighborhood folks know that this is the place to buy your weekly goods:
A growing, local market aimed at boosting local economy:
See this great list as well for markets all over Atlanta:http://www.11alive.com/news/article/187640/387/Top-10-Farmers-Markets-in-Metro-Atlanta-
Two of the best sources for finding and starting Community Gardens in Atlanta:
Parks and Greenspaces
Located right in Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta attracts children and adults all year long. Come for the Pandas, stay for the fun!
The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) began as a group of concerned Atlanta residents who recognized the need to protect Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest city park, from the demands of growing use and declining maintenance. During an updated master plan process commissioned by the city of Atlanta Bureau of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs this group realized that the impetus to implement the new plan would come only from concerned citizens. The Conservancy was formed and now works to raise funds to carry out its mission and provide an enjoyable greenspace for families, visitors and residents of nearby neighborhoods.