Rodney Cook, Sr. Park
"Find something worth dying for as well as worth living for and die for it daily." — Joseph E. Boone
Scheduled to open in late 2020, this 16-acre park in Vine City will become an important stop on the Atlanta Freedom Trail Tour. Named for a Buckhead insurance executive who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders, this new park will feature a splash pad, performance plaza, two picnic pavilions, a pond, fitness area, boardwalk, playground, sports courts and a lawn area with an amphitheater. It is also anticipated to house an array of statues depicting local civil rights leaders such as John Lewis and Joseph Lowery, along with Cook.
The $34 million park — collaboration between the City of Atlanta’s Parks and Watershed Departments, the Trust for Public Land, and the National Monuments Foundation — will also serve as a water management system for the Proctor Creek Basin similar to Historic Fourth Ward Park.