Freedom Park is the largest public green space set aside in a major metropolitan area in the United States in the last century. It’s history stretches from the Civil War (where Sherman watched Atlanta burn) to Civil Rights (it borders the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) to present day activism (the neighborhood group CAUTION stopped a major Dept. of Transportation project in the early 1990’s).
The main thoroughfares through the park, Freedom Parkway and Moreland Avenue, provide the park with a daily audience of 43,500 people who traverse the park. Almost six miles long, containing 210 acres of open rolling terrain, the park’s bucolic landscape in an urban setting provides plenty of room to accommodate runners, strollers, bicyclists and families escaping to this outdoor sanctuary as well as a venue for public art in Atlanta.
Freedom Park is located northeast of downtown Atlanta along Freedom Parkway. It stretches from Boulevard to Ponce de Leon Avenue on the north and Candler Park Drive on the east. The National Park Service’s King Historic District borders the park on the south and the Presidential Library and Carter Center are centrally located in the park. Six miles of PATH Foundation bike and walking trails start in downtown then traverse through the park, meandering through Atlanta’s oldest in-town neighborhoods.