Is there a more comfortable outdoor gathering place in Atlanta? A more comfortable indoor space? When events end, folks linger.
It looks like a rock quarry but when you fill it with people...
Folks gather for the Living Walls Movie Night on August 14, 2014. It's the amphitheater on the retention pond of Historic Fourth Ward Park.
My first visit was for Erin and Craig Kennedy's wedding on June 9, 2012.
You can bring a chair, sit on the wall, on the grass, on a blanket. There's plenty of space to move around and hug your friends.T-shirts are perfect, white suits and summer dresses too.
As you approach, you can see in, see the whole place, see everybody. Once inside you can see folks approach. It has a definite, comprehensible shape. It feels safe, small enough so that you can identify a distant face. There's a sense of enclosure. The curved benches are walls that make small "convex" spaces, places for groups to congregate with a view out into the larger space. It's a people watching paradise.
This is rocket science design for human comfort, comfort that helps shy folks be sociable. The really shy folks can watch from the balconies.
And who doesn't love a wedding.
I didn't return for a couple of years and I confess: I forget how great this place is. Thanks Living Walls!
There's a grassy "lobby" big enough for Food Trucks and Italian Ice Carts.
The stairway and the dogs are truly grand. But there are ramps for elders like me.
The clearly defined spaces feel informal and flexible. There's breathing room. It's hard to feel rushed in here. Where else can you bike to the front row?
By the time the movie started there must have been 250+ folks there.
The movie finished about 10 and the first wave of folks left.
The second wave wasn't in any hurry. The experienced picnickers packed up their baskets.
The third wave lingered and lollygagged.
The fourth wave chatted in cozy clumps. For all I know they stayed until the park closed.
Trust me on this: This is one of Atlanta's great spaces.
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