College Park, Georgia

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College Park, Georgia
City
Downtown College Park
Downtown College Park
Location in Fulton County and the state of Georgia
Location in Fulton County and the state of Georgia
College Park is located in Metro Atlanta
College Park
College Park
Location of College Park in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°38′54″N 84°27′22″W / 33.64833°N 84.45611°W / 33.64833; -84.45611Coordinates: 33°38′54″N 84°27′22″W / 33.64833°N 84.45611°W / 33.64833; -84.45611
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Fulton, Clayton
Area
 • Total 10.1 sq mi (26.1 km2)
 • Land 10.1 sq mi (26.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,050 ft (320 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,942
 • Density 1,385/sq mi (534.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30337, 30349
Area code(s) 404
FIPS code 13-17776[1]
GNIS feature ID 0331435[2]
Website www.collegeparkga.com

College Park is a city located in Fulton and Clayton counties in the U.S. state Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,942.[3] Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is partially located in the city boundaries (including the domestic terminal, Concourse T, Concourse A, and about two-thirds of Concourse B), and the Georgia International Convention Center, owned and operated by the City of College Park, is within the city limits.[4][5]

Geography[edit]

College Park is located on the border of Fulton and Clayton counties at 33°38′54″N 84°27′22″W / 33.64833°N 84.45611°W / 33.64833; -84.45611 (33.648209, -84.456007).[6] College Park's City Hall is 8 miles (13 km) southwest of downtown Atlanta. Interstate 85 passes through the city and merges with Interstate 285, the perimeter highway around Atlanta, for a short distance in the southern part of College Park. I-85 exits 69 through 72 and I-285 exits 60 and 62 are located within the College Park city limits. The western part of Hartsfield–Jackson Airport, including its domestic terminal, occupies the eastern side of the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.1 km2), of which 0.019 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.19%, is water.[3]

History[edit]

The community that would become College Park was founded as Atlantic City in 1890 as a depot on the Atlanta and West Point Railroad. The town was renamed Manchester when it was incorporated as a city in 1891. It was renamed again as the city of College Park in 1896.[7]

The city has 853 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The city's name came from being the home of Cox College (where the city hall and other buildings now stand) and Georgia Military Academy (now the Woodward Academy). The east-west avenues in College Park are named for Ivy League colleges, and the north-south streets are named for influential College Park residents.

The College Park Woman's Club, one of the oldest in Georgia, is located in Camellia Hall on Main Street.

Recreation[edit]

College Park has three city recreation centers—the Wayman & Bessie Brady Recreation Center, the Hugh C. Conley Recreation Center, and the Gody Road Recreation Center) The 1st Two (Wayman & Bessie Brady Recreation Center, the Hugh C. Conley Recreation Center were opened in 1956 and named in honor of three prominent city residents, Wayman and Bessie Brady, and Hugh C. Conley. When they were opened, they were segregated; white people used the Conley Center, while black people used the Brady Center. Both were equipped with basketball gymnasiums. After desegregation took place, Conley was used for gymnastics and Brady was used for basketball. The Brady Center has one of the top-notch programs in Georgia.

The city also has four parks: Barrett Park, which is located along Rugby Avenue; Brenningham Park, which surrounds the Brady Center; Jamestown Park; and Richard D. Zupp Park, which was named in honor of a well-respected College Park resident.

College Park is home to the College Park Municipal Golf Course, which was established in 1929. The course is nine holes and is built on very hilly terrain.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 20,382 people, 7,810 households, and 4,600 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,099.8 people per square mile (810.5/km²). There were 8,351 housing units at an average density of 860.3 per square mile (332.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 12.39% White, 81.81% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 3.33% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.86% of the population.

Politics[edit]

The city of College Park is governed by a Mayor and four council members. The Mayor is Jack Longino and the council members are Ward 1, Ambrose Clay, Ward 2, Tracey Wyatt, Ward 3, Joseph A. Carn and Ward 4, Charles E. Phillips Sr, Esq. College Park is currently undergoing expansion, annexing neighboring, unincorporated portions in both north Clayton and south Fulton counties.

Crime[edit]

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report and the College Park police department, College Park had 13 homicides in 2008. College Park's incident rate for violent crimes is much higher than most other American cities. In 2008, College Park had the highest crime rate in Georgia. Many areas associated with College Park are not in the city proper; these areas are under the jurisdiction of the Clayton and Fulton County Police Departments, respectively.

Economy[edit]

Chick-fil-A headquarters
Former Atlantic Southeast Airlines headquarters

ExpressJet Airlines is headquartered in College Park, near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.[8] Chick-fil-A, a fast food chicken chain, is headquartered in College Park.[4][9] Atlantic Southeast Airlines had its headquarters in College Park until December 31, 2011; its final headquarters facility was a hangar at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.[10]

Top employers[edit]

According to College Park's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[11] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Federal Aviation Administration 1,200
2 Lockheed Martin 860
3 Woodward Academy 853
4 Sysco 786
5 ExpressJet 574
6 AirTran Airways 439
7 Atlanta Airport Marriott 318
8 John Wieland Homes 300
9 The Coca-Cola Company 255
10 Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel 90

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Fulton County[edit]

Residential areas within College Park are served by the Fulton County School System.

College Park Elementary School, Love T. Nolan Elementary School, G.W. Northcutt Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Elementary School are in College Park and serve College Park.[4][4][12][13][14][15] Other schools serving sections of College Park with residences include Hapeville Elementary School in Hapeville,[16] Heritage Elementary School in an unincorporated area,[17] and Oak Knoll Elementary School in East Point.[18]

Middle schools serving College Park include Paul D. West Middle School and Woodland Middle School,[19][20] both in East Point. Benjamin Banneker High School in an unincorporated area and Tri-Cities High School in East Point serve sections of College Park.[21][22] Frank S. McClarin Alternative High School[23] is located in College Park.[4]

Clayton County[edit]

The section in Clayton County is served by Clayton County Public Schools.[4]

Private schools[edit]

Woodward Academy [3] is located in College Park.

Public libraries[edit]

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System operates the College Park Branch.[24]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), College Park city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "City Maps." City of College Park. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  5. ^ "Contact the GICC." Georgia International Convention Center. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Routledge. p. 224. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Contact Us." ExpressJet. Retrieved on July 28, 2012. "100 Hartsfield Center Pkwy Suite 700 Atlanta, GA 30354"
  9. ^ Chick-fil-A: Company Fact Sheet Retrieved July 30, 2012
  10. ^ Tobin Ramos, Rachel and Douglas Sams. "ASA lands headquarters at Hartsfield hangar." Atlanta Business Chronicle. Monday December 10, 2007. Retrieved on July 28, 2012.
  11. ^ City of College Park CAFR
  12. ^ "College Park Elementary School." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  13. ^ "Harriet Tubman Elementary School." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  14. ^ "College Park Elementary Attendance Zone 2009-2010 School Year." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  15. ^ "Harriet Tubman Elementary Attendance Zone 2009-2010 School Year." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  16. ^ "Hapeville Elementary Attendance Zone 2009-2010 School Year." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  17. ^ "Heritage Elementary Attendance Zone 2009-2010 School Year." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  18. ^ "Oak Knoll Elementary Attendance Zone 2009-2010 School Year." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  19. ^ "Paul D. West Middle Attendance Zone 2009-2010 School Year." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  20. ^ "Woodland Middle Attendance Zone 2009-2010 School Year." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  21. ^ "Banneker High Attendance Zone 2009-2010 School Year." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  22. ^ "Tri-Cities High Attendance Zone 2009-2010 School Year." Fulton County School System. Retrieved on June 21, 2009.
  23. ^ Frank S. McClarin Alternative High School
  24. ^ "College Park Branch." Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
  25. ^ Auburn Tigers' Cam Newton wins Heisman Trophy despite scandal - ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (2010-12-13). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  26. ^ [1] Dartmouth Sports Bio - Greg Patton
  27. ^ [2] Greg Patton Breaks Record

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