ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Home Depot Backyard, provides areas for family activities, entertainment and community events and on stadium event days can serve as a fan tailgating zone. The overarching idea behind the park’s creation was to create a living community park that could host a variety of events instead of a parking lot that could sometimes be used as a park. The project is a 13 acre green space next to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the former space occupied by the Georgia Dome.
More than a Tailgating Space
DESIGN GOALS, STRATEGY & RESULTS
The park is divided into districts, with two side fields and a center field that accommodate soccer fields, festivals, movie showings, concerts and tailgating. Special attention was given to creating active edges to surround the park with viewing platforms, picnic areas and sculpted pathways that connect the event lawn with the adjacent streets and plazas.
From this amphitheater setting, visitors will have ‘Instagram-worthy’ views of the surrounding park and city. A critical component of the design challenge was to provide the missing pedestrian linkage from the Westside to downtown. Along the southern edge of the park, tvsdesign joined together a series of tree lined plazas, park overlooks and civic art installations to create a cultural pathway leading to Centennial Olympic Park.