Grant Park:

Home to Zoo Atlanta and the oldest and fourth largest park in intown Atlanta, Grant Park is a one mile walk to Georgia State’s new football stadium and is positioned between Ormewood Park, Chosewood Park, and the up and coming Summerhill neighborhood. The neighborhood is just south of I-20, east of I-85, and is located along the south trail of the Atlanta Beltline.

What Makes Grant Park Unique

  • Designed by The Olmsted Brothers, who also designed Central Park in New York City, Grant Park is Atlanta’s fourth largest park features walking and biking trails, pavilions, playgrounds, and ball fields.
  • Set in the middle of the park and the neighborhood is Zoo Atlanta, a 40-acre zoo presenting rare gorilla twins and one of three zoos across the U.S. that highlights giant pandas.
  • The neighborhood holds many events throughout the year, including the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, Fork & Cork, Tour of Homes, and the Lantern Parade as well as offering a year-round, weekly outdoor farmer’s market that draws more than 130 local vendors each year.
  • Grant Park is famous for its Victorian architecture, ranging from large-mansions facing the park to one-story Victorian era cottages. The neighborhood is also known for its Craftsman bungalows and is one of the few neighborhoods in the city that still has a couple of cobblestone streets.


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A Brief History of Grant Park

The Grant Park neighborhood was named for Lemuel P. (L.P.) Grant, a civil engineer for the Georgia Railroad who has been called the “Father of Atlanta.” As an agent for the Western Railroad Company and the Georgia Air Line Railroad, Grant helped to bring the railroad to Atlanta.

A restoration trend began in the early 1970’s and the neighborhood began to blossom in the late 80s. Demolition of older homes has largely been halted and new construction seeks to conform to the character of the old neighborhood. During the 1980’s, the entire area, both north and south of I-20, was placed on the national register of historic places. In 2000, the neighborhood became Atlanta’s largest Historic District, bringing additional zoning protections.

This snippet of Grant Park’s history was provided by the Grant Park Neighborhood Association. To learn more about Grant Park click here.