Courtesy Organized Neighbors of Summerhill
Courtesy Organized Neighbors of Summerhill
Summerhill Neighborhood Hangout at Phoenix Park III

With the Atlanta Braves now in Cobb County, and Georgia State University quickly moving forward with plans to expand its housing and sports facilities, neighborhood residents are cautiously optimistic as they wait for the promised retail and residential projects to take shape in the area blighted during Turner Field's presence.Summerhill, officially established after the Civil War, was first home to freed slaves, with nearby Washington-Ralston home to many of the city's European immigrants. Evander Holyfield lived in Summerhill as a child, on 275 Connolly Street (technically now Capital Gateway).

The neighborhood, much now covered by GSU stadium's sprawling parking lots, was razed following its initial decline during white flight in the mid-20th century. When two stadiums and an ever-widening highway replaced the city blocks - smothering nearby Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, and Summerhill - local businesses closed, and residential properties had more value as private game-day parking lots than family homes. Today, Freewheel Farm, which sells its veggies at the nearby Grant Park Farmers Market, occupies a tiny lot here.



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People Making a Difference in Summerhill


Brent Hall is the owner of the Freewheel Farm, an Urban Farm located in the Summerhill/Grant Park neighborhood. Brent is also very active in the community farm movement. | more...

Vice President - Organized Neighbors of Summerhill

Bryan Adams is the Vice President of the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill. He has been active in restoring the parks within the neighborhood. Bryan has served as the Treasurer 2013/2014 and Vice-President 2015/2016 and 2017/2018. | more...

City Council District 1

Carla Smith is on the Atlanta City Council representing http://www.district1atlanta.us/District 1 which covers the SouthEast Atlanta neighborhoods of Summerhill, Grant Park and others. | more...

Executive Vice President

David Nelson is the Executive Vice President of Carter & Associates, an Atlanta based and leads the redevelopment efforts in the Summerhill neighborhood as well as other major projects for Carter. | more...

Executive Director of Summerhill Neighborhood Development Corp (SNDC)

Geoff Heard is the Executive Director of the Summerhill Neighborhood Development Corp (SNDC). Geoff is involved in a wide array of civic activities. He also came in to restore credibility to the organization following financial improprieties from previous management. From the Atlanta Fulton County R... | more...

Atlanta School Board Member - District 1

Leslie Grant represents District 1 for the Atlanta Board of Education. From Leslie's website:

Leslie Grant grew up just east of downtown Atlanta in Tucker, GA, graduated from Shamrock High School in DeKalb County, studied at: Berry College, Rome, GA as a charter member of the Chick-Fil-A WinShape ... | more...

Atlanta City Council At Large Representative

Matt Westmoreland is on Atlanta City Council as an At Large represntative From Matt's City Council Website:

Matt Westmoreland is the Post 2 At-Large member of the Atlanta City Council. Prior to his election, Matt was the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education’s District 3 representative, servin... | more...

Former President - Organized Neighbors of Summerhill

Suzanne Mitchell is the Former President of the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill and has been active during the transformation of the neighborhood following the departure of the Atlanta Braves from Turner Field. Suzanne was the President 2013-2014 and again in 2015-2016. | more...

Treasurer - Organized Neighbors of Summerhill

Wanda Rasheed is the Treasurer of the Organized Neighbors of Summerhill. She has served in this role for the 2015/2016, 2017/2018 and 2019/2020 terms. She is involved in the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) process as part of the overall Summerhill re-development.

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