131.5 acres (53.2 ha)
In order to make Zoo Atlanta and the Cyclorama true Atlanta destinations for both residents and tourists, the geographically isolated Grant Park neighborhood must reconnect with the rest of the city. Through the analysis of existing site conditions, zoning, neighborhood development patterns, and city transportation networks, we created a Master Plan that proposes the following:
• A new light rail transportation system that links Grant Park to Turner Field and the West End MARTA Station to the West and Piedmont Park to the North.
• A redesigned Grant Park that establishes better connections to the neighborhood and takes advantage of existing topography through new paths and entry points.
• A redesigned Zoo Atlanta situated within the park instead of outside of it. Currently, the zoo divides the park in half, creating a much smaller under utilized park area on the South end.
• New park attractions to bring more visitors to the area such as: a new amphitheater, a Children’s Museum, a relocated and expanded Cyclorama and Atlanta Museum, additional athletic facilities, formal gardens, open areas for markets and festivals, and the reintroduction of a historic lake.
• Decked parking structures replace surface lots and zoo service drives are decked below exhibit and circulation spaces.