The 7th annual fundraiser “A Passion for Piedmont” takes place in Piedmont Park this Thursday, September 22 at the Lake Clara Meer Dockside. Subtitled Amore Piemonte, this event brings the sights and sounds of an Italian village to the heart of Atlanta. Guests will enjoy delightful fare, an open bar, live entertainment and exciting live and silent auctions for items like cooking classes, a walk-on role in film or television, a visit with 92.9 Dave FM’s Mara Davis, concert and theater tickets and jewelry. Tickets to “A Passion for Piedmont” are only $75, and funds raised from the event go directly to supporting ongoing maintenance and daily operation of Piedmont Park.
How well do you know Piedmont Park?
You might be acquainted with Piedmont Park as the home of the Noguchi Playscape or the site of new separate small and large dog parks, but did you know that the park began as the Gentlemen’s Driving Club in 1887? The Driving Club soon allowed the Piedmont Exposition Company to use some of the land to host expositions and fairs. This fairground was home to many expositions including the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895, which welcomed more than 800,000 visitors!
Although the owners of Piedmont Park sold the land to the City of Atlanta in 1904 after the City’s initial lack of interest due in part to the fact that the park was too far away (it’s only about two miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, just around the corner from Monte Hewett Homes St. Charles and Highland Green communities). The City then brought in top landscape architects and sons of the famed Frederick Law Olmsted, the Olmsted Brothers to develop a master plan for the park.
In 1989, concerned citizens and civic leaders teamed up to create the Piedmont Park Conservancy, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Piedmont Park. Through its work and the generosity of many supporters, the Piedmont Park Conservancy has raised more than $23 million in private funds to complete the first half of the Master Plan restoration. And through the Conservancy’s member support, the park benefits from landscaping and off-duty police officers and is able to offer a variety of educational programming.
Learn more about Atlanta’s favorite green space at http://www.piedmontpark.org/.