2012 Fall Festival on Ponce
In the late 19th century, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. was the most renowned designer of public spaces with some of the best known parks in the world under his belt, including New York City’s Central Park and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. It was only natural that in 1890, notorious Atlanta businessman Joel Hurt commissioned him to design a park for the growing city of Atlanta. The result was not just one park, but a chain of parks located up and down Ponce de Leon Avenue in the Druid Hills neighborhood. These parks are collectively known as the Olmstead Linear Parks and include Shady Side Park, Oak Grove Park and Springdale Park lining Ponce de Leon Avenue between Atlanta and Decatur.
These parks are the site for the bi-annual Festival on Ponce. Twice a year, the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance organizes a two-day festival featuring local folk arts and crafts, fine arts and food and drink. Visitors are encouraged to spend time strolling the parks and enjoying the gardens and greenery as well as the art on display.
The festival is always free and the Fall Festival on Ponce is coming up on September 15th and 16th. To find out more about the festival visit the official festival website and for more information on the background of Druid Hill’s Olmsted Parks, you can visit http://atlantaolmstedpark.org.
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