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What is Rodney Cook, Sr. Park? An initiative of Mayor Livingston Mims, the original park was designed in the late 19th century by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, arguably the most notable American landscape architect in American history. First named Mims Park, it also contained Atlanta’s first integrated playground for children. Constructed by order of Mayor Mims, the playground brought together the area’s children, regardless of race, in an attempt to forge bonds for the city’s future.
What is the area of Vine City like? Vine City is an historic Atlanta neighborhood centrally located downtown near the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Georgia World Congress Center. In the 19th century the area was home to the Wachendorff Nurseries, the largest in Georgia and the reason the neighborhood is named Vine City. In the mid-20th century Cine City was home to much of the Civil Rights Movement leadership. We have an opportunity in Atlanta to showcase our 175-year tradition of THE ATLANTA WAY, a tradition in which her citizens insisted upon “just getting along.” Symbols matter and this narrative of Georgia peacemakers (Georgia being number 5 in Nobel Peace Laureates were she an independent nation) can resonate with world citizens who want to change our current global narrative of discord and distrust. Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home fronts on this park and has recently been acquired by the National Park Foundation. Dr. King is the most popular Nobel Laureate ever and his home will become a part of the MLK National Park.
What have we done so far? The Trust for Public Land and City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management have made strides in building the first phase of the park and are nearing completion scheduled for Spring 2020. The National Monuments Foundation will begin constructing its buildings on the park as soon as the soil on the building sites has been cleaned.
What we need to do next? The first phase of the National Monuments Foundation's legacy component of the park will be to construct the Peace Column, with a statue of Chief Tomochichi of the Yamacraw on top, and a museum to Georgia peacemakers and the legacy of Vine City's residents within the pedestal of the column. Later National Monuments Foundation phases will included the Peace Pantheon with monuments to Georgia's Nobel Peace Laureates and a peace think-tank incubator office in the pedestal, a total of 18 monuments to peacemakers throughout the park, and the Andrew Young Peace Center and Arnett Art Museum.
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