Historic Fourth Ward Park Angier Avenue NE • Atlanta, Georgia
Phase 2: Wood + Partners (multipurpose recreation park)
Reduce downstream damage from runoff
Safely move, control, contain rainwater
Restore or create habitat
The basic stormwater management concept at Historic Fourth Ward Park is capture, convey, cleanse, and reuse in water features, or detain and discharge. A deep, 2-acre, wet detention pond was dug to the water table; Clear Creek, piped in this area, feeds the pond with 425 gallons of water per minute. Additionally, runoff from the surrounding 800-acre drainage area is piped to the detention pond. Some water from the pond is recirculated to form the south parcel’s naturalized stream; some goes to a 20,000 gallon cistern for irrigation. Any stormwater overflow discharges to the Highland Avenue combined sewer through a controlled release.
Historic Fourth Ward Park celebrates water everywhere: in the south parcel, water appears in a stream and splashpad; in the basin parcel, runnels, terraced channels, fountains, plazas, and, of course, the huge pond present the delight of water in many forms. But a visitor has to really look at these features to realize that much of this is, in fact, rain. Three features in the design make clear rainwater statements
- a spiraling conveyance channel on the upper terrace of the detention pond;
- a stepped channel along which rain tumbles from the upper terrace down to the wet pond;
- and two horizontal lines of river pebble in the otherwise granite detention basin walls that mark water levels achieved by different size rain events.