Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Transforming Selena Butler Park

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Transforming Selena Butler Park

Article excerpt

IN THESE TIMES OF CUT, BABY, CUT, it's refreshing to see something new and constructive emerge that bears out the rationale for the good that parks do for communities. For her cover story this month on the revitalization of Selena Butler Park in Atlanta, Senior Editor Maureen Hannan interviewed key players, from city officials to long-time residents. Everybody had a reason for wanting the park. Activist Helene Mills recalls the park from 40 years ago, lamenting the potential it missed.

The owner of a local deli (also a nearby resident) sees the success of his business linked to a vibrant, connected community. Then, there are new arrivals, in love with the neighborhood but so appalled at the unrealized potential of the park that they've formed a friends group to ensure its success. But it was Trish O'ConnelI of the Atlanta Housing Authority who brought it all home.

As the head of real estate development for the housing authority, O'Connell has much at stake in the city's housing redevelopment program for this area connecting Fourth Ward, downtown, the Martin Luther King historic area, and Georgia State University. AHA's multi-phase housing program is well underway, with the expectation that Selena Butler Park will anchor its efforts. …

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