Washington Park is a historically black neighborhood in northwest Atlanta encompassing historic residential, commercial, and community landmark buildings. It is situated two miles west of the central business district of Atlanta..
The combination of gridiron and curvilinear streets is a result of the neighborhood having been developed from four separate subdivision plats. One of these plats created Atlanta’s first planned black neighborhood, while the other three were abandoned by white developers and adopted by Heman Perry , an early 20th-century black developer. The park is a community park open to the public and pulls people from the greater area to use its facilities.
One of the focal points of the historic district is the recreational park. Prior to the construction of Washington Park in 1919, there were no recreational parks in Atlanta available to African Americans. The park started with a gift of six and a half acres and expanded to 25 acres when completed in 1928. It originally included a swimming pool, dance hall, pavilions, and tennis courts. The Washington Park neighborhood has retained many of its landscape features; however, mass transportation projects, modern residential construction and subsidized housing development have caused the loss of some historic fabric.
I moved to a neighborhood next to the park and I love it. I have met many of the older residents and they have the most interesting stories.
We do all the normal things in a park. We have fun!!!
I have lived in this community for 40 years. I remember when we used to walk all the way to downtown just to see the parades. We had everything we needed right here. I would love to see this area look like that again. --Mary Jenkins