As the weather starts to (finally!) cool down, there are lots of great green spaces in Atlanta to check out and enjoy the breezy soon-to-be-fall air. Atlanta’s newest addition to this list of parks is Muscogee Park! And you definitely don’t want to miss out on its Grand Opening this week.
All are welcome to join leaders of the Muscogee Nation and the City of Atlanta this Friday, September 8th, from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. to celebrate the opening of Muscogee Park! This historic event opens the door for Atlantans and visitors to learn the history of the land we live on, and appreciate the beautiful, vital culture of the Muscogee Nation.
What Should You Expect at the Event?
Bring your friends and family, and come celebrate the Muscogee Nation and the brand new Muscogee Park this Friday!
During the ceremony, you’ll hear remarks from Chief David Hill of Muscogee Nation, Parks Commissioner Justin Cutler, District 12 Councilmember Antonio Lewis, and community leaders from Adair Park Neighborhood.
You’ll also be able to enjoy delicious pupusas provided by La Bodega, an Atlanta staple of Latinoamerican inspired food, and receive free giveaways from the Muscogee Nation!
Where is it?
The ceremony will take place at Muscogee Park, event address: 841 Brookline St SW, Atlanta, GA, 30310.
What’s New at the Park?
The transformation of the park acknowledges the Muscogee Nation as the original stewards of what we now call the City of Atlanta. It’s only Phase 1 of a much larger project, geared toward educating the public about the vibrance of Muscogee culture! The park serves as a landmark for the public to learn about the history of Muscogee removal and all of the incredible cultural traditions as they still exist today.
The new park will include many new exciting features! Visitors can expect to see culturally significant native plants, historical and cultural information boards, and symbols for each of the Muscogee family clans painted on the sidewalk! Muscogee Park will also have a lending library, which is already loaded up with over 50 books by Native American authors!
As a part of Phase 2 of the project, the park will display a beautiful mural painted on the street, with a quote by internationally renowned Muscogee Nation poet, writer, and musician, Joy Harjo, and a memorial plaza.
Principal Chief David Hill told Adair Park Today, “It’s such a thrill for the Muscogee Nation to join together with our partners in this project, to see Muscogee Park unveiled in the City of Atlanta…Piece-by-piece we are reclaiming our story in the Southeast. The people we are working with realizing the importance of that story being told correctly is what makes special occasions like this possible.”
You don’t want to miss out on this extraordinarily important event!