From left, Atlanta Commissioner of Parks and Recreation John Dargle Jr., Elizabeth Hollister, Executive Director, Upper Westside Improvement District; Friends of Atlanta Waterworks members Chris LeCraw, George Koulouris, Dwight Glover and Chris Palmer and former Atlanta City Council Member Yolanda Adrean. (Photos by Natalie Fields)

After being closed for more than 20 years, The Waterworks Greenspace on the Upper Westside has re-opened to the public.

The Friends of Atlanta Waterworks and the Upper Westside Improvement District hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and community celebration for the opening of the Waterworks Greenspace on Dec. 2

The park, adjacent to the City of Atlanta Waterworks facility at the corner of Northside Drive and 17th Street, is the first phase of a years-long grassroots effort to reopen the greenspace around the Atlanta Waterworks facility. The parkland was closed before the 1996 Sumer Olympics for safety concerns.

Upper Westside Improvement District, the Department of Watershed Management and the Friends of Atlanta Waterworks have cleaned out the overgrowth and opened the area to the public. When complete the new 4.5-acre space will provide the neighborhood with much-needed greenspace featuring walking trails, benches, and views of the skyline.