Woodruff Park Reading ROomFor the past last three years, the Woodruff Park Reading Room has offered an open-air urban oasis for Downtown employees and visitors to sit and enjoy periodicals and books. Now, with new infrastructure and an expansion, the retreat will offer even more to the park and its patrons.

By the end of this month, the Woodruff Park Reading & Recreation building will be complete and ready for use. The building will house reading material, recreational supplies for games and park activities available for check out, and a full time park staff member to round out the new hospitable and unique area located on the corner of Peachtree Street and Auburn Avenue.

The project is only one of a series of improvements in Woodruff Park since July 2009. Since then other improvements including hardscape repaving, repairing seat walls and an investigation into to a sustainable water recovery system for the park’s two fountains have given the park a new polished look. Even though major improvements and construction are underway, the park currently has lighted decorations for the holidays. Additionally the waterwall fountain will be turned on before the end of the month adding even more festive flair to the area.

“These improvements especially, in Woodruff Park, are making it even more appealing to Downtown residents, employees and visitors,” says A.J. Robinson, President, Central Atlanta Progress. “It’s our mission and hope that this great park is embraced and utilized throughout the year.”

The new Reading & Recreation Room building is ADA accessible and is surrounded by new planters framing the area with boxwoods, lenten rose and annuals. The building will offer games for checkout like bocce, football, frisbee, and volleyball along with board games and other equipment.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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