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Have an issue with Piedmont Park events? Sound off!

Documented feedback and data is sought from members of the Midtown, Ansley, Morningside, and Virginia Highland communities concerning Piedmont Park events.

The outdoor film series “Screen on the Green is not returning this summer to Piedmont Park, but plenty of other festivals are coming to Atlanta’s favorite greenspace meeting place including this weekend’s Atlanta Jazz Festival.

A summer tradition for more than a decade (it did take one year off a few years back due to the extreme summer drought), “Screen on the Green’’ encountered sponsorship issues in 2012. The Piedmont Park Conservancy, which had put on the popular film series, will direct its attention to fundraising for implementing park expansion almost to the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive.

According to the SaportaReport, the total expansion would cost in excess of $72 million. The initial $44 million phase is almost completed, but more money is needed to complete new access points to Ansley Mall and Monroe Dr.

In some past years, residents of nearby neighborhoods had complained that there wasn’t enough security present for the “Screen on the Green” event. Of course, it’s not the only Piedmont Park event to raise the ire of neighboring communities. Last year, the 10th Street road closure during the Jazz Festival was met with resistance, while Ansley Park neighbors reported several car break-ins during the annual Memorial Day music festival.

Now with the Jazz Fest upcoming, followed by popular events such as the Red Bull Soapbox race on June 9 and the annaul Independence Day running of the Peachtree Road Race, community input is being sought.

The neighborhoods surrounding are working with the Atlanta City Council to learn how to live and thrive next to one of the city’s best parks. Piedmont Park events are growing every year, and their impact on the residential neighbors varies from street to street. 

Some neighbors on some streets bear most of the impact of these events. For example, the Red Bull event impacts the 10th St. residents; Amsterdam residents are impacted by events; and the and are impacted by Music Midtown, Atlanta Jazz Fest, etc. (as are the other neighborhoods). 

In fact, any time even just one lane on 10th St. is closed, especially during rush hour or when school lets out, pedestrian safety is compromised. 

Thus please help the City and surrounding neighborhoods document any impact these festivals might have on where you live. Please send notes, pictures and comment on activities during events and festivals to traffic@midtownatlanta.org.

Documented feedback and data from members of the Midtown, Ansley, Morningside, and Virginia Highland communities is needed in the following areas:

  1. Traffic flow: minimum impact, ok, bad, a big problem  (photo/written documentation with time & location)
  2. Parking: minimum impact, ok, bad, a big problem  (photo/written documentation with time & location)
  3. Security Patrol: minimum impact, ok, bad, a big problem  (photo/written documentation with time & location)
  4. Litter & trash: minimum impact, ok, bad, a big problem  (photo/written documentation with time & location)
  5. Noise: minimum impact, ok, bad, a big problem  (photo/written documentation with time & location)

Again, send notes, pictures and comment on activities during park events and festivals to traffic@midtownatlanta.org.

Rick D. Day May 23, 2012 at 04:27 AM
midtownatlanta.org is the Midtown Neighbors' Association. As a former board member who worked on this very issue, I can say with all candor that sending feedback to your councilperson or to the mayor's office of special events will be the most effective way to get feedback to those who care. Feedback is important, but let's be honest: these events mean money for the city government. City Hall does not care about areas south of I-20, or they would encourage more festivals in COP, Troy Davis Park and points south. So when giving feedback, make sure and ask what the problem is with having at least one or two of these fine events on the Southside of Atlanta. The answers should be enlightening.

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