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Renovations Complete

  • Bathhouse roof repaired
  • Bathhouse gutted with new sinks and shower fixtures installed
  • Existing plaster removed from large pool
  • New filtration system installed, as well as new lining and filter covers
  • Children’s pool transformed into zero-entry pool and splash/shade area
  • New interior fence
  • Pool cover for both pools in the off-season

The pool renovations were primarily funded by the recent Opportunity Bond that raised money for many Atlanta parks and recreation facilities, but the Friends of Grant Park Pool also worked on a capital campaign for funds to cover the cost of the zero-entry pool and splash/shade spot. Our 2008 fund raising campaign was a smashing success…we raised over $58,000. Neighborhood contributions helped us secure a $10,000 matching grant from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Organization.

We’d like to thank our gracious sponsors for their support! We exceeded our $50,000 goal:

$10,000 Level 

  • The John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation, Inc.    

$5,000 Level

$2,500 Level

$1,000 Level

Dining Partners

…and the many neighbors who have made contributions anging from $10 to $500. Your donations have been matched on a 3 to 1 basis by the City of Atlanta to fund additional improvements at our pool!

In addition, the current major renovation of the Grant Park Pool would not have been possible without the tireless support of District 1 City Councilmember Carla Smith and City of Atlanta Parks Commissioner Diane Harnell-Cohen.


Friends of GP Pool Meeting

Friends of Grant Park Pool typically meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM. During the summer, we meet at the pool, but in the off-season, we meet at Dakota Blue, at the corner of Cherokee and Glenwood. Please join us as we get our third year off to a great start! Membership in Friends of Grant Park Pool is free, so please get involved! We’re a group of neighbors volunteering our time to help improve the pool. Sometimes we skip a month, so please e-mail beforehand to confirm that we’re meeting.

Adams Realtors Partnership

Are you buying or selling a house in Grant Park or the surrounding area? Adams Realtors will donate $250 to Friends of Grant Park Pool for each customer is a Friend of Grant Park Pool. When you start your buying or selling process with Adams Realtors, make sure to tell them that you’re a Friend of Grant Park Pool!


Minutes and Reports

2006 Meeting Minutes

Parks Commissioner Reports

2005 GPNA Back to School Party Photos

View the Pool Transformation!


2005 News Archives

Agave raised $1,073 on July 25!

Agave, the southwestern eatery and tequila bar, donated a portion of their July 25 sales to the pool. The dine-out event included a special Blue Wave margarita that evening only to celebrate the new mural at the pool. Thanks to all that helped us raise money for the pool while enjoying a great dinner. Thank you, Agave, for helping to support the Grant Park Pool!

Thanks to Service for Peace volunteers!

Special thanks to 20 Service for Peace volunteers who spent several hours on a hot, hot summer day painting the pool deck. These high school and college-aged young people are spending several weeks of their summer working to improve their communities through the Summer of Service program. We’re glad Grant Park Pool was one of their stops! To find out more, visit

Thanks to Hands On Atlanta/Service Juris Volunteers!

On June 18, 2005, hundreds of Hands On Atlanta volunteers from the legal community came together to improve the pool facility. Tasks included: painting the interior and exterior of the bathhouse, staining the cement walls, repainting the pool deck with a slip-resistant surface, planting flowers, and much, much more. Come see the revitalized Grant Park Pool!

Thanks to volunteers who painted murals at pool

On June 18th neighborhood volunteers painted two murals to beautify the pool facility. Adults and children of all ages joined in the collaborative effort. The welcome wall mural measures 46 feet wide by 4 feet high and features the tag line “jump into your pool” in a mélange of colors. The wave wall mural (formerly known as the Swim/Dive wall) measures 110 feet long by 7 feet high and featuers a wave pattern. The Friends of Grant Park Pool wish to express their deepest gratitude to Simone Capote for her tremendous efforts in planning and executing the mural projects. The expected mural installation by Georgia artist Waldo Vinces is currently planned for Spring 2006, pending successful funding for this project.
View renderings of the murals: The free Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these renderings.

Six Feet Under Raises $2,600!

Thank you to Six Feet Under restaurant at 415 Memorial Drive for helping Friends of Grant Park Pool raise over $1,500! A portion of the funds will be used to purchase 2 table/chair/umbrella combinations for the pool. The balance is earmarked for swimming lessons and pool improvements. At yet another dine-out, $1100 was raised to directly improve the pool and buy swimming attire to underprivileged patrons.

Thanks to Carla Smith for opening day party!

District One City Council Member Carla Smith sponsored a pool party at the Grant Park Pool Monday, May 30, 2005 (Memorial Day) from 4 PM to 6 PM. The Friends of Grant Park Pool thank Carla for her ongoing support of our community and the Grant Park Pool!

Joint City of Atlanta/Friends of Grant Park Pool Meeting

Friends of the Pool had a productive meeting with the City of Atlanta Bureau of Parks and Rec Staff and other city officials on Monday, May 9, 2005. This working session was used to talk about the plans for the summer and how the City is working with the Friends to make the pool a nice, clean, safe place that is welcoming to everyone. Over 30 people attended, and minutes of the meeting will be posted on this web site soon.

United Way Grant Application

Friends of Grant Park Pool has applied for a $1,500 grant from the United Way to pay for swimming lessons for 200 children this summer. Click here to view the grant request. Grant update: Unfortunately our grant request was declined. Friends of Grant Park Pool will continue to seek out similar funding opportunities.

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