Centennial Olympic Park Capital Improvement Projects

Increasing Community Access. Expanding Programming Opportunities. Strengthening Olympic Heritage. Enhancing Visitor Experience.
Centennial Olympic Park is the center of a dynamic downtown entertainment district, a place where residents and visitors have fun, feel safe, and create lifelong memories. This unique 21-acre park, the country's largest downtown park developed in the last 25 years, performs a dual mission: to serve as Georgia's lasting legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games and to anchor efforts to revitalize residential and commercial development in the heart of Georgia's capital city.
As the park's caretaker, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority is committed to ensuring that Centennial Olympic Park continues to enhance the quality of life in the Atlanta area for future generations.
In honor of the park's 20th anniversary, the Georgia General Assembly, the private sector, and philanthropic community came together and raised funds for improvements and projects in Centennial Olympic Park.
Below is information on the transformative projects taking place, slated to be complete in 2019.
Sharing our Roots
construction-icon Construction Begins: March 2017
complete-icon Estimated Completion: December 2017
demolition-icon Site Demolition and Clearing: 95% Complete
Promoting Our Legacy
construction-icon Construction Begins: July 2017
complete-icon Estimated Completion: December 2017
demolition-icon Site Demolition and Clearing: 95% Complete
Hosting Unforgettable Events
construction-icon Construction Begins: January 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: January 2019
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Outdoor Music Experiences
construction-icon Construction Begins: March 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: August 2018
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A New Welcoming Oasis
construction-icon Construction Begins: March 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: August 2018
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Honoring Courage
construction-icon Construction Begins: March 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: August 2018
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PHASE I
March
2017
Phase I construction kicks off with Metro Atlanta Chamber(MACOC) demolition
May
2017
MACOC Demolition complete; site preparation for West Lawn Promenade begins
July
2017
Construction begins on Centennial Plaza project
Nov.
2017
Installation of Adopt A-Brick and Olympic legacy features
Jan. 4
2018
Phase I construction complete: West Lawn Promenade and Centennial Plaza
PHASE II
Feb.
2018
Construction kicks off on Event Facility
March
2018
Phase II construction kicks off: Baker Street Corner, Southern Company Amphitheater, and Paralympic Plaza
Aug.
2018
Construction complete: Southern Company Amphitheater, Baker Street Corner and Paralympic Plaza
Jan.
2019
Event Facility Complete
Jan. 10
2019
COP Visioning Projects complete
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Share your park memories here and let us know what you think of the updates!

  1. Looks great!! Feel sad the cauldron is not part of Olympic Park. Any thoughts or ideas to make that happen? Take a look at what Sydney has done with theirs — it’s not high in the air anymore, but more like a statue / piece of art on the ground.

    1. Thank you for sharing your comments. We will be installing a new torch in the park and, as part of that, have explored the cauldron. At present, the size prevents it from being added at the time, but we will continue to explore.

  2. I enjoyed the park durging the olympics. It was enjoyable being around people from all over the world. I wish some kind of way the cauldron could be part of Olympic Park. It’s something that should be looked into. And finally I am excited about the way the improvements to the park is going.

  3. These are all attractive changes, but I’m afraid they’re at the expense of the green space which was an original purpose of the park.

    1. Hi Jane, thank you for your comment. Through the acquisition of the Metro Atlanta Chamber building, we are adding an additional 3 acres of greenspace back to the park. We are also exploring ways to add additional plantings to the park.

  4. This looks amazing and very exciting additions for the park. I have my name and families names on the bricks in the park. Will the Olympic Torch have a real flame or just a light? Great presentation.

    1. Hi! Conceptually, the torch is designed to have a gas flame, but we are still finalizing design documents for the structure to evaluate what would make the most sense for the park.

  5. Exciting additions! The concert/crowd capacity before expansion was 200,000 I think. What will it be after expansion?

    1. Hi there! For concerts in North Park prior to the renovations, capacity would range from 20,000 to 25,000 people ( based on setup/infrastructure). That doesn’t include our larger celebrations, like the 4th of July or when we hosted concerts for Final Four, where we use the entire park. After we complete the renovations, our events team will evaluate based on industry standards if the park will have any additional capacity. Thanks!

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FAQ
  • What will happen to the brick I purchased for the 1996 Olympic Games?
    With all the exciting improvements coming to Centennial Olympic Park courtesy of the Park Visioning project, there will be bricks that must be relocated to another area of the Park. All affected bricks will be inventoried and stored safe, until the Park is able to reinstall them after the hardscape work is complete. During construction, there will be periods of time where the pedestrian access to certain clusters of bricks will be impacted and restricted, as many places in the Park will become active work sites. If a section of bricks cannot be accessed or has been temporarily removed, it will be indicated when you look up your brick on this page. Our friendly volunteers in the Park will also be able to indicate to any visitors on site at the Park which bricks may be affected. All of the Park’s bricks will be in place by early 2019, when the projects in the Park are completed.
West Lawn Promenade
Sharing our Roots
The West Lawn Promenade will reinforce the park’s ties to the Summer Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. Retooling the area with Olympic-themed features, plans call for an interactive medal podium plaza and an Olympic sport promenade highlighting various disciplines such as track and field, archery, gymnastics and weightlifting. In addition, the centerpiece of the plaza will be a replica of the 1996 Olympic torch.
construction-icon Construction Begins: March 2017
complete-icon Estimated Completion: December 2017
demolition-icon Site Demolition and clearing: 95% Complete
Southern Company Amphitheater
Outdoor Music Experiences
The Southern Company Amphitheater will receive numerous updates, including new seating and shade structures that provide a modern look to the theater. The main stage will receive technology and lighting upgrades allowing the space to be flexible in hosting larger and smaller productions.
construction-icon Construction Begins: March 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: August 2018
New Special Event Center
Hosting Unforgettable Events
A multi-level indoor/outdoor facility will provide a remarkable venue to host memorable events.
construction-icon Construction Begins: January 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: January 2019
Fountain of Rings Plaza
Promoting Our Legacy
Andrew Young International Boulevard will be raised to plaza level using bricks purchased during the park’s 20th anniversary capital campaign. A new interactive Olympic ring feature will create a focal point at Centennial Olympic Park Drive.
construction-icon Construction Begins: July 2017
complete-icon Estimated Completion: December 2017
demolition-icon Site Demolition and clearing: 95% Complete
Baker Street Corner
A New Welcoming Oasis
Water features along Centennial Olympic Park Drive will be extended to Baker Street Corner, creating a welcoming entry point for guests visiting neighboring attractions. The Androgyne Planet sculpture will move to be prominently displayed on this corner.
construction-icon Construction Begins: March 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: August 2018
Paralympic Plaza
Honoring Courage
A plaza on the northwest corner of the park will honor Paralympians and the spirit of the 1996 Paralympic Games.
construction-icon Construction Begins: March 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: August 2018