Published on March 12th, 2015 |1
New Loudermilk Park sports bricks bought for project in 2009
Back in 2009 the Buckhead Alliance—an organization that really doesn’t exist anymore—devised a plan to redo Charlie Loudermilk Park and steal a page from the successful marketing of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park by selling bricks as a means of raising funds for the work.
Since then, nothing has been heard about the bricks, the Buckhead Alliance or the original park plan. In fact, the new design and renovation of the park was taken over by the Buckhead Community Improvement District.
With the pending grand re-opening ceremony coming up March 31 for Charlie Loudermilk Park, BuckheadView asked questions around to find out if those bricks—however many were actually sold to donors—were actually going to become part of the new park design.
BCID Executive Director Jim Durrett told BuckheadView, “Yes, of course,” but did not elaborate on where or how they would be used in the new park design.
An email to BCID board member Robin Loudermilk, who was the head of the Buckhead Alliance for most of the time of its existence, went unanswered.
Finally, Sally Silver, who works in the office of Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook and is actively involved in planning the March 31 ceremony, told BuckheadView the bricks would be used in the base of the new clock tower that was recently erected in the park.
And, low and behold, there they are.
Those people who spent, I believe, $100 to put their names on a brick or more to help sponsor the renovation of the park will indeed be able to find their brick(s) on the base of the sides of the clock tower structure.
I didn’t, however, see a brick with Charlie Loudermilk’s name on it and he contributed $1.25 million dollars for the park. Or a brick with Robert Woodruff’s name on it. He contributed $3 million many years ago to get the park started in the first place.
It has taken six years of patience, but I for one think the wait was worthwhile. I found the brick with the names of my wife and I on it and felt a bit of Buckhead pride for our small contribution.