It was the 1996 Centennial Olympic Summer Games that turned Atlanta into the direction it is now heading. It took an otherwise seedy neighborhood and transformed it into a tourist friendly haven. The Centennial Olympic Park was created as the beehive for all relevant activities, from the sales of official Olympics souvenirs to sponsor exhibits to the presentation of medals. It was also the site of a tragic bombing that marred the year's games.
Today the park is still the center of activity but is now surrounded by tourist attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center. The College Football Hall of Fame joined the neighborhood in 2014, along with the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The park serves as a home for concerts and movies, especially the popular Music Midtown Festival, as well as a playground for children in the Olympic Rings Fountains, which perform a water show daily.
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The Park Created For The Olympics
Centennial Olympic Park is a spacious area in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. This public park was created for the 1996 Summer Olympics and it is so beautiful! Being a Florida native, I was not used to the fact that it was somewhat chilly and that I got to see Cherry Blossoms everywhere. I was there with a whole bunch of other people who are from Florida and live there with me and they were all taking photos of the Cherry Blossoms, kind of silly but it is a rarity to us. There were tall structures of all sorts symbolizing the 1996 Summer Olympics and it's just a big spacious park for you to play frisbee with your dog or soccer with your kids. It is also very close to the CNN Studio and The World of Coca-Cola!