Each year, more than 5 million people use Woodruff Park. The park’s programs bring an additional 100 people Downtown each week, while special events add 10,000 Downtown visitors annually. In the early 1970s, the park was originally known as Central City Park, and was created through a generous donation from Robert W. Woodruff, former president of The Coca-Cola Company.
Today, through a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) maintains stewardship of Woodruff Park. ADID is responsible for the park’s daily upkeep and programming, as well as implementing and securing funding for future development. The six-acre park comprises two fountains, an open-air Reading Room, a pavilion, sculptures, an ENERGI fitness station, a speaker's corner, a chess court and custom playground.
Nestled amongst the modern office towers and historical buildings within the Fairlie-Poplar district, Woodruff Park‘s importance stretches beyond the city and touches the entire region. The park’s open-air Reading Room provides a place for park-goers to sit and relax while taking in the sights and sounds of Downtown. The Reading Room also offers a wide range of books, magazines, newspapers and games available on loan.
Each year Woodruff Park plays host to a wide range of festivals, special events and performances, and its central location makes it a key starting point for exploring Downtown Atlanta and its surrounding neighborhoods. Programs Include:
- Annual German Bierfest
- Dragon*Con Parade
- Art performances from Pop-Up Art, gloATL and others
- Poetry readings and street performances
Park Attendants patrol the grounds from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department and Georgia State University Police force. Additionally, the Downtown Clean Team maintains a clean and vibrant park.
Support Woodruff Park
Woodruff Park operates under a Master Plan devised by the City of Atlanta Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID). The Master Plan is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between these entities and was approved by the Atlanta City Council and Mayor in 2007. The two-phase Master Plan is largely funded through a comprehensive fundraising program developed by CAP, targeting support from private sources and partner organizations. Support for Woodruff Park comes from:
• Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP)
• Bank of America
• Fastball Productions
• Kendeda Foundation
• Landscape Structures Inc.
• Park Pride
• Peg and Bill Balzer
• The Rich Foundation
• The Waterfall Foundation
Join our growing list of proud Woodruff Park supporters today!
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