Westside Reservoir Park

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Westside Park
Westside Park is located in Atlanta
Westside Park
Westside Park
Location of proposed park in central Atlanta
Type Proposed public park
Location Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Coordinates 33°46′51″N 84°26′10″W / 33.7809°N 84.4362°W / 33.7809; -84.4362Coordinates: 33°46′51″N 84°26′10″W / 33.7809°N 84.4362°W / 33.7809; -84.4362

Westside Park is a proposed park in the City of Atlanta to be located on the site of the former Bellwood Quarry, between Johnson Rd. and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, and between Bankhead and West Midtown.

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The land, which had been owned by Fulton County, is currently in a long term lease to Vulcan Materials. On December 10, 2005, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin announced a plan to acquire the lease and the land in order to create a 351-acre (1.42 km2) park with a 45-acre (180,000 m2) lake which would also serve as a drinking water reservoir. The plan is a portion of the extensive Belt Line project to construct a ring of parks, trails, and transit surrounding the core of Atlanta. The proposed Westside Park is nearly twice the size of Atlanta's current largest city park, Piedmont Park.[1][2][3][4][5] As of July 2014, there is still no date as to when the park will be funded, begun, or completed.[6]

Bellwood Quarry, as seen from the observation deck on the northwest side
Looking west, the border to the Quarry itself is to the left of a field
Another large field farther north of the Quarry

Bellwood Quarry[edit]

The former granite quarry, which closed in 2007, is slated to be turned into a lake for the future park. Often known as simply "The Quarry", it is a popular hang-out spot for local teens. The site was used as a location for filming of the AMC series The Walking Dead in summer 2010. It was also used as a filming location in season 4 episode 14 of The Vampire Diaries, a scene in Mockingjay Part 1, as well as the final scene of The Fundamentals of Caring.[7] Most recently, (2016) it serves a significant role and is featured prominently in several episodes of the highly acclaimed Netflix series Stranger Things.[8]

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