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Centennial Olympic Park to restrict access during renovation

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority is embarking on a $17 million makeover of Centennial Olympic Park following the conclusion of the park’s 20th anniversary capital campaign. Although the park will remain open to the public while the work is in progress, public access will be restricted at times.

The Fountain of Rings, playgrounds, and some monuments will be impacted as areas in the park become active work sites. Prior to visiting the park, visitors should get updates on public access restrictions by visiting gwcca.org/park or calling 404-222-PARK (7275).

As outlined in the Authority’s 2020 Vision strategic plan, the renovations include creating a pedestrian plaza on Andrew Young International Boulevard, establishing new gateways into the park to the north, strengthening the park’s Olympic heritage with new features, and revamping the Southern Company Amphitheater. Renovations are scheduled to be completed by January 2019.

Spring and summer events at the park – including the Sweetwater 420 Festival (April 21-23), Shaky Beats (May 5-7), Shaky Knees (May 12-14) music festivals, and the annual Wednesday WindDown and Music at Noon concert series (throughout the month of June – will take place concurrently with construction, but there will be no further public programming in 2017 beyond the annual 4th of July Celebration. Also, the park is not accepting new bookings for the next 18 months. However, the park will honor previous agreements made prior to finalizing the construction timeline, and will host the College Football Playoff Championship AT&T Playoff Playlist LIVE and the Sweetwater 420 Festival, which will both be held in 2018.

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