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 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.
Atlanta is a city that has gone through many changes over the years. Like its symbol the Pheonix it has risen from the ashes again and again. At one time the area that is now Centennial Olympic Park was a neighborhood in a run down part of town. I remember the area well from when I was a student in Atlanta in the 1970's. A $75 million dollar park was developed at the time of the Olympics in 1996. After the Olympics 21 acres of the park were opened to the community and today still stands as a gathering spot for tourists and locals. Pictured here is the statue called Gateway of Dreams. It pays homage to Baron PIerre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics. The monument has a statue of the Baron entering a gateway with the Olympic rings overhead.
This is the hang out for families and locals to come downtown and enjoy the day, mostly weekends. It was made for the Olympics in 1996. A nice area that is not real big but feels spread out. From there you can visit many sites downtown. The outcropping of this was a new development just north of 150 acres, and now called Atlantic Station, an urban mixed use complex of living quarters, retail and commercial centers and events.
Celebrating Atlanta Olympic 1996, this rundown part of the town was converted into a new city's attraction. Apart from the Olympic memorial sculptures, I'd say Centennial Park is the best place to see Atlanta skyline. And most of the tourist attractions; e.g. World of Coca-Cola, Aqarium, CNN, Philips Arena are clustered within this area. There're occational free concerts in Summer / Fall, and ice-skating rink in the Winter. Btw...avoid this area after dark, except on specific holidays (when they have special light shows)
Centennial Olympic Park was the location of much activity during the Olympics, and it still shows. The expanse of lawns, fountains in which children can play, and paved plaza are studded with Olympic torch like lamps and a bronze monument to the modern French founder of the Olympics. At one end of the park, near the CNN building, is a wonderful fountain that children can love. The spray is controlled by some kind of computer program to vary the pattern, volume, and type of spray coming from a flat concrete area. Thus, there is no fountain bowl where a child can drown. The fountain is surrounded by a broad array of concrete benches and is well supervised by police. Best of all this is free...a great place to take the kids on a hot Atlanta day.
This is a downtown park which has a lot going for it, especially these fountains in the summer---a great place, free, to take the kids when in town for some energy releasing fun...There are places to eat close by as well, so make an afternoon of it. Sometimes they have concerts here---I have seen Tito Puente and others in the past.
Less than twenty years ago, the area that is now Centennial Olympic Park was a run-down part of town. It was decided to convert this land for visitors and residents to enjoy during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and for future generations.
After the Olympic Games, a large part of the park was closed and redesigned for daily public use. The park is now used for a variety of events, including the Fourth of July Celebration, Wednesday Wind Down concert series and Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days.
This park will remind you that Atlanta was the host city of the 1996 Olympic Games.
It seems that it is frequented by locals with their families, and tourists alike.
Interesting fountains (olympic rings)
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.
World and Coca-Cola and the Atlanta Aquarium are at one end of the Centennial Olympic Park. At this end also is a children's play equipment area, and nearby is another monument. I arrived in the late afternoon and both the aquarium and World of Coca Cola were closed. Both appear to be definetly worthwhile to visit though. One Atlanta resident claimed the aquarium is the world's largest, but I've heard this claim before in other cities.
The brick and concrete paved areas are bordered by expanse of lawn areas where families can toss frizbee and appreciate the skyline of the city in the background. In the geographical center of centennial park is a bronze and stone monument to the modern founder of the Olympics.
I was suprised to find an amazing playground in Centennial Park. Designed for children of all physical abilities, there is one very important rule: All Adults MUST be accompanied by a Child. The playground is located on Baker Street at the far end of the park.
Certainly, there are the expected swing sets and sliding boards but there were several pieces of playground equipment I had never seen before. My favorite of these, looked like giant tulips growing at an angle out of the ground. The top was a seat that would spin around and around with no effort, once one sat down. Then there was the "Sway Fun" which had seats on two sides and room to rock back and forth.
Once a run-down neighborhood, the 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park was created for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The park cost about $75 million and was funded through private donations. The centerpiece Fountain of Rings features five interlocking Olympic rings with 251 water jets creating a great place for children and the Centennial Plaza features flags of the previous 23 Olympic host countries and eight 65-foot Greek towers surround the square. Also in the park you will find a playground, amphitheater, water gardens, quilt plaza, and other areas associated with the games.
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.