Atlanta's second public skate park will be built in southeast Atlanta's Langford Park

Construction plans also call for renovating community center near Joyland


If you've been to Historic Fourth Ward Park along the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail, you've seen the demand for a place where people can skate without being hassled by security guards. Skateboarders now have another option on the horizon.

Atlanta Beltline and city park officials are currently fielding bids to overhaul Arthur Langford Park along Pryor Road in southeast Atlanta's Joyland neighborhood. And on the to-do list for work crews is the construction of a skate park.

Atlanta Beltline Inc. CEO Paul Morris told the Northwest Community Alliance last week that the nonprofit tasked with planning and developing the greenspace loop could break ground on the project later this year. According to Beltline spokeswoman Ericka Davis, work at the park will include:

Renovation of the old pool locker rooms into a large general purpose event space, storage rooms, and ADA restrooms
Installation of an ADA ramp for access from the main floor to the lower level
Construction of a large exterior terrace for summer recreation program space for neighborhood special events
Installation of exterior exercise equipment (City Parks received a grant from Kendeda)
Installation of a small climbing structure identical to one at the Historic Fourth Ward Park Skate Park play area
Installation of native trees and native and ornamental grasses

Not familiar with Langford Park? The greenspace is roughly half a mile from the southeastern segment before it crosses I-75/85. Beltline officials are expected to begin formal negotiations to acquire the rail with CSX, which owns the unused corridor, in the coming months.

Here's the request for proposals. You can also check out the plans here and here. An aerial view is after the jump.

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