Our hearts continue to go out to all of those who were impacted by the recent tragedy. While we continue to move forward through these difficult times, we hope that you will find some time to visit the Park and find solace in its beauty. The Park remains a comforting and healing place for us to gather and enjoy one another’s company in the heart of the City celebrating lives both lived and lost.
– Mark Banta, President & CEO, Piedmont Park Conservancy
This summer has been difficult for our community. Piedmont Park Conservancy has received many questions about safety and operations in Piedmont Park. Please know that the safety and well-being of all of our visitors is paramount. We are all concerned about the violence that has happened in the Park.
July 28 Investigation: The Conservancy has been focused on aiding the City of Atlanta, especially local law enforcement and federal investigators as they look into this tragedy. This has included providing key information about daily park operations and protocols and sharing as much information we can. We have welcomed an increase of police presence in Piedmont Park to reassure visitors and to help reinforce that our park is still one of the safest in the country. The Park remains open for normal hours of operations between 6am and 11pm and all permitted events remain scheduled. People coming to the park keep it safe, and we will continue to remain open for people to enjoy.
The City and law enforcement agencies will continue to own and manage the ongoing investigation. They will provide official updates, and we are committed to doing everything we can to work in partnership with them to ensure we both listen and learn from this event and anticipate what we can collectively do to prevent something like this from happening in the future.
Safety Walking Tours: The Piedmont Park Conservancy is hosting walking tours with security experts to help us evaluate what we can do to enhance the public’s safety when visiting the park. We will learn from their expertise and share their recommendations with the City of Atlanta for their review, consideration and implementation.