Inman Park is hailed as one of the nation’s first garden suburbs. Inman Park is a neighborhood of tree-lined streets, shaded yards, and leafy parks.
Springvale Park is located on either side of Euclid Avenue along Waverly Way. Founded in 1889, it was a pet project of Joel Hurt, the developer of Inman Park.
In 1903, Hurt hired the Olmsted Brothers firm to develop plans to enhance Springvale Park and the plant material list from their plans was used to recreate the park in recent years. The Olmsted firm was established by the Olmsted brother’s father, Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City, Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina.
If you get a chance to stroll through the park, notice the 1889 stone wall at the west side of the lake and the Live Oak planted by Joel Hurt over 100 years ago.
Freedom Park is the largest public park in Atlanta, linking the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, the Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Poncey-Highland, Central Atlanta Neighborhoods, the Carter Center and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Candler Park, Druid Hills, Virginia Highland, and Little Five Points. The Freedom Park Conservancy and PATH are working together to build the additional trail segment which will begin at Ponce de Leon and end at the Inman Park MARTA station. This trail will enable trail users to take advantage of the MARTA system while touring Atlanta’s newest major park.
Tree Watch is a committee of Inman Park residents who are working to protect and replenish the neighborhood’s dense tree canopy. Residents have worked steadily for decades to keep Inman Park green. Today, as Atlanta experiences a boom in population and a frenzy of infill development, the need to plant and protect trees in Inman Park is greater than ever.
The committee’s work encompasses a number of different activities including planting and maintaining newly planted trees throughout the neighborhood. Fund raisers to support these activities have included the Inman Park Tree Huggers’ Ball.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact the chairman of Inman Park Tree Watch.
The Inman Park Pool opened in the fall of 1999. The project was organized by a committee of dedicated and committed Inman Park residents. The pool is located between the new homes on Edgewood Avenue and the Motor Works lofts on DeKalb Avenue and Spruce Street. It features a nearly full size junior Olympic pool, diving area and a separate baby pool. The pool area has spacious bathing facilities, mechanical equipment, and administrative spaces. Separate membership to the pool is required and is not included in the IPNA membership.
Inman Park Pool is also the proud home of the Belugas Swim Team which was formed in 2009.