Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, Inc.

olmstedlinearparkatl

aka OLPA   |   Atlanta, GA   |  AtlantaOlmstedPark.org

Mission

The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance's (OLPA) mission is to protect and preserve Olmsted Linear Park by engaging and educating the public to treasure and invest in the improvement of this historic, landmark asset; and to champion the teaching and the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. in creating a thoughtful, well-designed green space to enhance urban living.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Sandra Kruger

Main address

P.O. Box 5500

Atlanta, GA 31107 USA

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EIN

58-2357899

NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance (OLPA) mission is to enhance and preserve the Olmsted Linear Park (Park) - 45-acres of green space and old-growth forest. The Park was designed by Landscape Architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. who also designed other historical significant places such as Central Park in New York City and the Emerald Necklace in Boston. Visitors enjoy beautiful rolling vistas and the tranquility of an old-growth forest that is home to champion trees, including one that is over 250 years old. The Park is the heartbeat of the Druid Hills neighborhood and provides connectivity from Decatur to the Atlanta Beltline. Cyclists commute to work through the Park, young children learn to play soccer, avid runners as well as dog walkers frequent the park while children learn to ride their bikes. Some visitors just want to shake off the stress of daily life and convene with nature. OLPA's mission is to keep the Park a beautiful, safe sanctuary for all generations to enjoy.

Our programs

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Historic Preservation/Environmental Stewardship

OLPA's mission is to continue the conversation and stewardship of the 45-acre Olmsted Linear Park. The Park and the Druid Hills neighborhood is the last community design of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., the father of landscape architecture. Landscape architects and designers continue to study his vision here in the park.
Visitors from all over enjoy the tranquility and natural spaces in the Druid Hills neighborhood. The park has become a destination for nature and health enthusiasts. Children learn to ride their bikes on the path, visitors enjoy walking their dogs or enjoy an afternoon picnic.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Olmsted Linear Park Alliance's goals for the next three to five years is to continue educating citizens on the historic significance of the park and preserving the horticulture landscape so visitors have the best possible experience while in the park. The playround, now over 20 years old, needs to be renovated. Working with the community, OLPA will be exploring ways to breath new life into the playground and update some of the play structures. The asphalt walking paths need to be replaced in some areas. OLPA will work with the City of Atlanta and the community to get those resurfaced. In 2022, Atlanta will join the National Association of Olmsted Parks to celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.'s bi-cenntennial birthday. An Olmsted 200 committee is in progress of planning programs that will feature Olmsted's design of Druid Hills and the influence of the Olmsted brothers in Atlanta.

Events and Activities:

Recommended activities in the park will be low-impact, low-intensity events, which seek to enhance the local community’s relationship with the park. We will use fundraising events, such as the Party for the Park and Picnic in the Park, as opportunities to expand the reach of the park and to introduce this unique green space to a broader community. The narrow, linear nature of the park is particularly supportive of activities which utilize the entire length of the parks. The diversity of open areas (from pastoral to picturesque) is a hallmark of the parks and activities should seek to take advantage of this attribute.

Partnerships:

There are some significant institutions that neighbor the parks and OLPA should seek to formalize our relationship with them as collaborative partners. These efforts may range from engaging in joint development or advocacy projects or activities, to seeking operational support, to inviting partner participation on the OLPA board. Examples of these neighbor institutions are Fernbank Natural History Museum, The Frazer Center, The Paideia School and the Druid Hills Golf Club. OLPA should also be aware and supportive of efforts to connect with other urban green space initiatives in close proximity to the park.

Telling the Story – Awareness and Recognition:

We recognize that the story of the park, particularly the actions of concerned individuals to save and restore this large and historic green space, is an important source of identity for the organization and community. As we seek to encourage a new generation to act as stewards and protectors of this asset, continually telling the story of the park’s history, devolution, near disaster and rehabilitation to its current beauty can be powerful. Developing and communicating this story must be a key element of our development and fund-raising activities. We must seek out ways to deepen the awareness of what has gone into saving these parks and what is involved in preserving them for the future.

In partnering with the DeKalb County Parks & Recreation, OLPA has restored walking trails in the Deepdene forest and replaced a portion of the asphalt path.

Financials

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Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Toby Brooks

Olmsted Linear Park Alliance

Term: 2013 - 2021


Board co-chair

Weslee Knapp

Keller Knapp

Term: 2014 - 2022

Robin Chalmers

Self-employed

Krista Brewer

Retired

Allie Brown

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Justin Critz

Attorney

Beth Grashof

Historic Preservation

Carolyn Hall

Self-employed

Dick Henneman

Ga Tech

Kevin Steward

Paris & Assoc.

Kate Seville

United Healthcare

Janice Whitener

Retired