A Playground for People and Pups: Come Celebrate the New 10th Street Park
BY ELLIE HENSLEY, MIDTOWN ALLIANCE EDITOR + PRODUCER
Park space is more important than ever in fast developing Midtown, which currently has 17 tower projects under construction. Setting aside open space helps us to create a future where there is always somewhere just a short walk away from a space to experience city life in the open air.
And Midtown’s newly redesigned 10th Street Park was created not just for people of all ages to enjoy — it’s for the dogs, too.
Nearly one in three of our recent Midtown Community Survey respondents who live in the district indicate they have a dog (30%).
Overall, 89% of the 3,900 respondents to the 2022 Midtown Community Survey said it is important for the district to have more spaces like these at street-level. And 87% of respondents indicated having more active parks and plazas is appealing to them. Not surprisingly, the majority of residents who live in Midtown and own dogs would like to see more dog parks in the district, as Piedmont Park’s area for dogs is further away. Midtown Alliance is currently working on a public life action plan in collaboration with Gehl Studio to create more cohesion among property owners whose vertical neighborhoods feature open spaces at ground level and encourage more programming.
Activities for Everybody
Within the next two weeks, Midtown Alliance will officially open the redesigned space at 10th Street Park, which has been reconfigured into three outdoor “rooms” surrounded by durable plantings and ornamental grasses. The room closest to the corner will be a flexible space for outdoor games and other activities. The middle space contains turf and an illuminated sculpture by Vondom that will double as a play area for kids. The third space is a fenced, 7,500 SF off-leash dog park with rocks for pups to climb on and places for dog owners to sit. Altogether, the spaces create a casual, informal experience as if you were having fun in your backyard.
In addition, Midtown artist in residence Jasmine Nicole Williams recently completed a new mural on the south face of the vacant retail building that sits on the north side of the park.
This project is 100% funded by the Midtown Improvement District and is the result of a longstanding partnership with the Dewberry Foundation, which leases the space to Midtown Alliance for $1 a year.
Try Out the New Dog Park at Our Special Event November 12
Come celebrate the redesigned 10th Street Park with us on Nov. 12, when we’ll be hosting our first-ever TAILgate Party for both dogs and people. Humans and pups are encouraged to wear their finest fall sweaters or rep their favorite sports teams. We’ll have various games, a fall-themed photo booth, music, swag giveaways, and food and drinks available for purchase. We’ll also name a “homecoming court” of Midtown dogs — submit your dog to be considered for the court by Nov. 7! The event is also a fundraiser for Atlanta Humane Society.