Originally known as Central City Park in the 1970s, Woodruff Park was created through a generous donation from Robert W. Woodruff, former president of The Coca-Cola Company. Each year, more than 5 million people use Woodruff Park. The park’s programs bring additional people Downtown each week, and special events add 10,000 Downtown visitors annually.
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 securing and implementing funding for future development. The park offers visitors a variety of recreation stations and facilities scattered throughout its beautifully manicured six acres, including:
- ENERGI fitness station
- Chess playing tables with inlay chessboards
- Bocce ball*
- Recreation field and greenspace
- Children’s play area featuring the iconic ATL sculptural playground
- Reading room and information center
- Courtyard plaza with tables and chairs
- Speaker's corner
- Two Cascading fountains
- Bike maintenance station
- Table tennis*
*Equipment is available at the Woodruff Park Reading Room and Information Station or from a park attendant.
Nestled amongst the modern office towers and historic buildings of the Fairlie-Poplar district, Woodruff Park’s central location makes it a key starting point for exploring Downtown Atlanta and its surrounding neighborhoods.
Each year, Woodruff Park hosts a variety of festivals, events and performances, including:
- The Daffodil Project
- Annual German Bierfest
- Art installations and performances by Elevate Atlanta, gloATL and others
- Poetry readings and street performances
In partnership with the Atlanta Police Department and Georgia State University Police force, Park Attendants patrol the grounds from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day. 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) in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between these entities 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!
A variety of park programming can be enjoyed by the general public.
In summer and fall 2016, free yoga classes were offered every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn. Stay tuned for details about 2017 yoga classes.
During summer 2015 and summer 2016, CAP/ADID partnered with Soccer in the Streets to facilitate free, weekly pickup soccer games in the park, and the Georgia Chess Association facilitated open-to-all chess tournaments in summer 2016. During August and September 2016, ADID Ambassador and DJ Mike Brown hosted Party in the Park, a free Friday lunchtime event featuring retro music, dance competitions and festive outdoor seating for park-goers.
CAP/ADID is interested in continuing to pursue community partnerships that bring programming to the park, and Woodruff Park is a great place to host your next event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for details.
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