Grant Park

An intown Atlanta neighborhood that’s home to Victorian homes and Zoo Atlanta

Grant Park is a picturesque neighborhood just southeast of downtown Atlanta centering around a lush park of the same name that dates back to the late 1800s. If you like walking, running, hanging out in the park, playgrounds, dog-walking, going to the zoo, having picnics and BBQs in old stone pavilions, and an awesome neighborhood festival, then Grant Park may be just the place for you! Oak trees and classic Victorian architecture abound and the community shows its strong community spirit in their sunburst address signs found hanging from front porch eaves.

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In the 1980s, Grant Park earned its listing on the National Register of Historic District, so expect it to stay unique and charming for years to come! According to the historic district regulations, “The following residential architectural styles currently predominate in the neighborhood and contribute to its unique historic character; they are included here for reference only: American Four Square, Craftsman, English Vernacular Revival, Folk Victorian, Queen Anne, and Shotgun.”

Amenities of Grant Park

Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest park, includes some of Atlanta’s most beloved attractions:

Where are the boundaries of the Grant Park neighborhood?

Grant Park’s historic area (starting from the top - you can follow along on the map above) includes southeast of the intersection of Hill Street and Decatur Street, envelops Oakland Cemetery, follows Boulevard south to Memorial Drive, cuts east to Bill Kennedy Way (abutting the Glenwood Park neighborhood) and actually follows the Atlanta BeltLine path in a sweeping arc to the southwest. Cutting back up Hill Street to Atlanta Avenue, the boundary turns west and then north onto Connally Street. Crossing I-20, the boundary joins up with Hill Street to intersect with Decatur Street again.

How does the Atlanta BeltLine connect with Grant Park?

The Atlanta BeltLine forms the southwest border of Grant Park, specifically from where Hill Street crosses the old railroad tracks that run west and east (just east of D.H. Stanton Park), east to a beautiful, arched brick bridge over Confederate Avenue, north to Glenwood Park, up the middle of Bill Kennedy Way (If you are at the intersection of Bill Kennedy and Glenwood Avenue facing south, you’ll see the railroad tracks), across Memorial Drive, and into Reynoldstown (by the old Depot restaurant).

Brief history of Grant Park

Grant Park is actually named after a man who helped to bring the railroad to Atlanta – some of the same rail passages will hold the trails, transit and park of the Atlanta BeltLine. Lemuel P. Grant (who went by L.P.) was a civil engineer for the Western Railroad Company and the Georgia Air Line Railroad. As a result of his impact on the city, he is sometimes called the “Father of Atlanta.”

In 1882, Grant donated 100 acres to the city and the greenspace was born that came to be known as L.P. Grant Park. In the late 1800s, a building boom began around L.P. Grant Park near downtown Atlanta. The Cyclorama and Zoo Atlanta were established in Grant Park between 1889-1898, a gift of Mr. G.V. Gress to the city of Atlanta.

After a peak around 1905, the neighborhood started to see the flight of some of the higher income residents who could afford automobiles and who moved to the suburbs of Buckhead, Morningside, and Druid Hills. Although Grant Park remained upper and middle class into the 1950s, in the 1960’s, the neighborhood was bisected by interstate 20 – a six-lane highway. Despite the disruption, the 1970s brought a restorative effort which led to a rebirth in the 1990s. Now, residents seek to preserve the quality of character found in Grant Park through less new construction and more historical remodeling.

What schools are in Grant Park?

Grant Park is a part of the Atlanta Public School system (APS) and includes the following public schools:
  • Parkside Elementary School
  • Which feeds into King Middle School
  • Which in turns feeds into Maynard Jackson High School

Private schools include:

How can you get involved in your Grant Park neighborhood?