Perez Planning + Design, LLC (PP+D) was part of the design team that worked for the Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID) on the Park Over GA400 Concept Study. Led by Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the Park Over GA400 Concept Study proposed to develop an innovative on-structure 9-acre park interwoven over the GA400 freeway that will physically reconnect the Buckhead core while providing multiple benefits and much needed park space.
The idea of the park emerged 20 years ago when area stakeholders began discussing the notion of covering GA400
between Lenox Road and Peachtree Road with a park. The idea re-emerged as a recommendation in 2010 during the completion of the Buckhead Greenspace Action Plan completed by Carlos F. Perez as a way to increase the amount of greenspace in Council District 7, which has the least amount of parkland in the City of Atlanta. The purpose of the concept study was to develop a detailed conceptual design and implementation strategy for the park, including capital, operations, and maintenance costs as well as a design and construction funding strategy.
PP+D developed a detailed public engagement and communications strategy for the project. Additionally, PP+D assisted with public engagement, park programming, and facilities/spatial park planning. PP+D used an innovative activity-based parks typology to identify needs, desires, and priorities from the community, which was used to inform the spatial planning and programming of the park.