The park was built in 1996 for the centennial olympic games. It's located in downtown Atlanta, just across from the CNN Center, and next to the Georgia Aquarium. It's a 21-acre Park that has continued to host special events, while remaining a lasting legacy to the Olympic Games.
The gathering place for the 1996 Olympic Games, I found Centenniel Park very impressive. Although nothing was on when we visited I understand a large variety of events take place there. Visiting the website would tell you what and when.
800,000 bricks were used to pave the park, all (?) with an inscription from personal donations.
The fountain in the photograph is shaped as the Olympic rings and is the worlds largest interactive fountain. Each ring is 25 feet in diameter and the whole fountain is 82.5 feet in length.. Very impressive.
Centennial Olympic park is located close to downtown, the CNN Center and the Georgia Dome. You can get a great view of downtown Atlanta. Parking is a bit of a problem, so I suggest you take Marta to get there. Exit Peachtree Center and walk a few blocks west.
The showcase of the park is the 82.5 diameter fountain of rings. You can also see lots of music here. Check out the website.
A trip to Atlanta is not complete without a visit to the Centenial Park, so called because of the Centennial Olympic Games held in the city in 1996.
It's a nice place to stroll, read a book, play with your kids (kids love the getting soaked in the fountains), even though to go there on foot is a bit of unsettling experience.
Notice the pavement -- each paving block is named after a person-donor (also called a patron or a sponsor) who gave money for the construction of the park. It's a great way to recognise the contribution of thousands of people which otherwise will go unnoticed.
Atlanta's Centinnial Olympic park is one of the legacies of the 1996 Olympic Games held here. It is quite a lovely park right across the street from the CNN Center and has lots of concerts and events. Many concerts, particularly at mid-day, are free and others at night are reasonably priced. Probably the biggest draw is the Rings Fountain. They run constantly and, in warm weather, are covered with kids. The water spurts up and down. The picture caught it on a down cycle. There are also perodic fountain shows a few times a day that are quite nice. There is even a nice little snack bar on the premises. And they sell good Starbuck's coffee.
Centennial Park was created for the 1996 Olympic Games. The downtown park is a bit of flat land in a city of buildings; no trees but a fancy fountain. The Fountain of Rings uses the Olympic symbol of five interconnecting Rings.
The park is free (not really free because parking is quite expensive). We had to walk through it because it is between downtown and the CNN/Phillips Arena/Turner Stadium complex.
Centennial Park is downtown Atlanta's gathering place and lasting legacy to the 1996 Olympic Games!
The Park boasts a variety of free, fun-filled, family entertainment throughout the year.
Approximately 800,000 bricks were used in the construction of the Park.
The underground conduit to carry the power distribution stretches for 4.5 miles and the conduit for lighting stretches 8 miles. There are more than 30 miles of wire in the Park.
There are more than 11 miles of underground irrigation for the Park.
Granite from each of the five continents represented in the Olympic Games is used in the Park.
Seven transformers supply power to the Park, ranging in size from 9,000 to 220,000 volts.
The Fountain of Rings is the world's largest interactive fountain utilizing the Olympic symbol of five interconnecting Rings.
There are 251 water jets, 400 fog jets and 487 clear, amber and red lights.
Seven songs are currently programmed with timed sequential light and water displays:
"Fresh Air Toccata," by Mannheim Steamroller
"Summon the Heroes," by John Williams
"1812 Overture Finale," by Tchaikovsky
"Chariots of Fire," by Vangelis
"Santorini," by Yanni, Live at the Acropolis
"Coming to America," by Neil Diamond
"Under the Sea," from Disney's Little Mermaid, lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Allen Menken
Five 20-horsepower hydraulic pumps provide water to the Rings. About 5,000 gallons of water per minute will recycle through the fountain, enough to fill an average size swimming pool in five minutes.
Water height during normal fountain operation is four to 12 feet. During special effects, spray heights can reach 35 feet. The computer-synchronized fountain can be programmed in a variety of water displays including low-pressure, walk-through "water curtains." Fog and misting can also be created for special lighting effects.
Take a quick shower in Centennial Olympic Park!
Since the city planners in their remarkable foresight decided not to plant many trees in the park (God forbid that anyone would want shade in Atlanta in the summer), they instead installed a largish fountain. Which is great if you're a kid, but it's not so interesting if you're an adult, because you can't exactly run around with a bunch of kindergarteners, not without seeming a bit, well, questionable.
Visit CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK!
Many moons ago, someone thought that Atlanta would be a fine place to have the world's largest sporting event. Many drugs and bribes were assumed to be part of this decision. More bribes and kickbacks permitted the construction of beautiful Centennial Olympic Park, a smallish, fairly useless park downtown. Amazingly, the park was built in large part with private donations. Civic-minded citizens bought bricks which have since been used to pave the park. Now you can stroll and laugh at various names that you might find humourous, like Ms. Amanda Hugginkiss.
It was purposely built for the 1996 Olympics as a commemorative park once the Games had finished. People could buy a brick and have it placed in the walkways which was a nice way to be involved. It is a beautiful area, very peaceful, there is are a lot of plants and trees, and this wonderful fountain that is ideal for when it is hot to leap in and out of like I did!
Well Atlanta gets REAL hot late spring and the summer. Fortunately, it has got places to cool down a bit. Like this one.
Parks, and high skybuildings. There is not much in the city center (downtown) other tahn buildings and a few restaurants