Parks For The People
The Chattahoochee River NRA is one of seven parks nationwide selected to participate in the Van Alen Institute's Parks for the People competition. The overarching goal of the competition is to generate new and innovative ideas for the design and planning for a twenty-first century conception of national parks, the experiences of their visitors, the sustainability of their infrastructure, and their relationship to the public.
Student participants will seek to inspire park stewardship by creating richer, more fulfilling park experiences. They'll consider the following questions:
The competition will test six draft design principles identified in the Designing the Parks program:
The following documents are available for use in the competition:
Below are links to GeoPDFs of the park units to aid in design. These files include advanced PDF features, accessible through the layers tab of PDF readers, which allow users to add and remove layers representing topography, trails, streams, roads, and other features.
Note: GeoPDFs are very large files and may take several minutes to download.
Did You Know?
Jones Bridge spanned the Chattahoochee River from 1904-1922, falling into disrepair in the 1930s. Half of the bridge was "stolen" in 1940, neighbors didn't know the workers cutting the bridge were not authorized to do so until it was too late.