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: April 2018
brick-icon Brick Installation: March 2018
Promoting Our Legacy
construction-icon Construction Begins: July 2017
complete-icon Estimated Completion: April 2018


Outdoor Music Experiences
construction-icon Construction Begins: May 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: February 2019
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A New Welcoming Oasis
construction-icon Construction Begins: May 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: February 2019
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Honoring Courage
construction-icon Construction Begins: May 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: February 2019
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MAR
2017
Phase I construction kicks off with Metro Atlanta Chamber(MACOC) demolition
MAY
2017
MACOC Demolition complete; site preparation for West Lawn Promenade begins
JUL
2017
Construction begins on Centennial Plaza project
APR
2018
Phase I construction complete: West Lawn Promenade and Centennial Plaza
MAY
2018
Phase II construction kicks off: Baker Street Corner and Paralympic Plaza
AUG
2018
Adopt A-Brick installation begins and upon completion, Fountain of Rings Plaza demolition commences
DEC
2018
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!

    1. Hi! Some bricks are in the process of being relocated. If you cannot find your brick in our brick locator, it may be being held somewhere safe while we are completing the projects in the park.

  6. Hi!
    Everything looks beautiful but will the water exhibit still be there for the small kids to run in & out of the sprinklers?

    1. Hi! Thanks for the compliment. The Fountain of Rings will still be the centerpiece of the park and children will still be able to play in the Fountain.

    1. If all goes well and Atlanta doesn’t experience any extreme weather that would cause delays, you should be able to tour the new bricks in the spring. We will post updates here as we work to get the area ready for the bricks!

  7. I would be aghast if you moved the original cauldron currently located in Capitol Ave, where Muhammad Ali lighted it during the 1996 Olympics. Leave it alone! Preserve the history and legacy of the cauldron and rings where they were placed originally!

    1. At this time, we have no plans to relocate the original cauldron and it is not our design plans for the park.

  8. With the new events building along Park Avenue, will the fenced in dog station be retained? If not, are there any plans to relocate that elsewhere in the park?

    1. Hi! We have placed construction of the event facility on hold. It will no longer be a part of the Phase II projects, at this time. As for the dog park, its location may shift but will remain off Park Avenue West.

  9. Are there plans in 2019 and beyond to start expanding the park to the other side of Centennial Olympic Park Drive between Baker and Marietta Street where the numerous ground parking lots exists today?
    Hopefully Turner and others can start donating some of this land to the park for expansion purposes.
    But not sure how this will impact south bound traffic exiting 75/85 trying to reach GWCCA, Phillips arena and MB stadium.

    1. Hi! The renovations that are currently taking place are contained within the footprint of the Park. There are no plans at this time to expand beyond the Park’s existing boundary.

  10. Hi,
    When will you install the Olympic rings on Andrew Young Boulevard as shown in the Fountain of Rings Plaza renderings?

    1. Hi! Renovations to the Park are continuing to progress and are scheduled for completion by the end of this year. This includes the “Spectacular” sculpture at the East entrance of the Park.

  11. Yes, but when will you reinstall the Olympic rings fountain on Andrew Young Boulevard and open it up for use again?

    Will it remain the same as it was dedicated for the Centennial Olympic Games and keep the backdrop wall of fame dedicated to all who were part of the Best Centennial Olympic Games in History?

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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 three additional acres of greenspace for park visitors to enjoy.
construction-icon Construction Begins: March 2017
complete-icon Estimated Completion: April 2018
complete-icon Brick Installation: March 2018
Southern Company Amphitheater
Outdoor Music Experiences
The Southern Company Amphitheater will receive upgrades allowing the space to be flexible in hosting larger and smaller productions.
construction-icon Construction Begins: May 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: February 2019
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: April 2018
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: May 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: February 2019
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: May 2018
complete-icon Estimated Completion: February 2019