Ponce & Peachtree - May 2018

Ponce & Peachtree Covering Peachtree, Piedmont, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Little Five Points, & Grant Park • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 5 • MAY 2018 Previously Ponce Press and Midtown Messenger Atlanta’s Historic Grant Park Turns 135 Years Old Join The Grant Park Conservancy As It Celebrates Atlanta’s Oldest City Park With a Special Anniversary Campaign Spring has sprung and there’s no better time to cel- ebrate Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest city park. Located in the heart of the bustling Grant Park community, the historic park will turn 135 years old this May and to commemorate the occasion, the Grant Park Conservan- cy has launched a campaign to raise $135,000 in 2018 to continue its mission of protecting, enhancing and preserving the park while planning for its future needs and uses – including caring for its ecological health, upgrading its recreational facilities, and improving the park experience for all visitors. “Fundraising is critical to implementing improve- ments to Grant Park. The Grant Park Conservancy operates entirely on donations made through grants, corporate gifts and sponsorships, individual donations and community fundraisers,” says Michelle Blackmon, Executive Director of the Grant Park Conservancy. Continued on page 14 Dual-Brand Hotel Planned for Midtown by 2019 New property will add to the mix for guest lodging in time for Super Bowl in the ATL. (Getty/SeanPavonePhoto) A new hotel is to be built in Atlanta and positioned to service major sporting events scheduled in the city in the immediate future. They include the 2019 Super Bowl as well as the 2020 NCAA College Football Championship and the NCAA College Basketball Final Four tournament. According to the online publication Hotel Man- agement , Arriba Capital has secured a $40.7 million construction ground-up construction loan for a 194- room hotel. It will be dual-branded as the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Towneplace Suites. Continued on page 3