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John Howell Park Project
P.O. Box 8421 Station F
Atlanta, Georgia 30306
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The John Howell Park Project

Volleyball pits at Howell ParkPark Design

John Howell Park was designed by Frawley Associates, Landscape Architects, in the early-1990s. The park is divided into several zones of activity. The western half of the park is the active zone with two volleyball courts and a children's playscape. The volleyball courts are maintained by Volleyball Atlanta, a metro-wide sports organization that uses the facility for tournaments. Local residents may use the volleyball courts when they are not in use by Volleyball Atlanta, but must bring their own nets and volleyballs.

The Cunard Memorial Playground was created in 2004 by the community to honor the lives of neighborhood residents Lisa, Max, and Owen Cunard who were tragically killed in the summer of 2003 by a falling tree during a storm while driving along North Highland Avenue.

Phoenix sculptureThe park is divided at roughly the middle by a paved area with a wrought iron sculpture resting on a brick pediment with a seating wall. The sculpture is a stylized phoenix -- the symbol of the City of Atlanta. In March 2000, a storyboard that details the history of the Park was also installed in this area.

Inscribed bricks pave the parkThe eastern half of the park is dominated by a large open expanse of grass surrounded by trees and shrub plantings. Because of the unusual level of support and continuing maintenance this park receives from the neighborhood and the John Howell Park Project, the park benefits from more ornamental plantings than the typical urban park. Flowering shrubs and trees as well as perennial borders grace the park throughout the spring and summer.

At the easternmost edge of the park is a circular pathway paved with commemorative bricks, the sale of which has funded the maintenance of the park. This quiet area has several benches and is shaded in summer by mature trees. A sinewy, paved pathway winds its way through the entire park and ties the sections together. The park furniture, including lighting, benches and water fountains blends harmoniously with the 1920s architecture of the surrounding neighborhood.

Eleven granite columns are located along the Virginia Avenue side of the park. Each bears the address of one of the homes that stood on the property before being razed in anticipation of the construction of Interstate 485.

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