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Groundbreaking held for new park that promises to be crown jewel of Vine City

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City leaders along with the Arthur Blank Foundation broke ground Friday on a new park in an area in desperate need of revitalization.

Rodney Cook Senior Park is a $45 million public-private project that community leaders hope will trigger a rebirth of Vine City and surrounding neighborhoods. The 16-acre park will feature a playground, picnic pavilion, multi-use courts for sports, a boardwalk and terraced pools.

There will be 18 statues of Georgia civil rights leaders and others who were considered peacemakers throughout the state's history.

It will also have a retention pond, solving a major flooding issue the area has needed for a long time.

The park is scheduled to open next summer.

The groundbreaking took place Friday morning and several dignitaries were on hand, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Ambassador Andrew Young and Falcons owner Arthur Blank, among others.

The event was held at the site of the future park, 587 Rock Street in northwest Atlanta.

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