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Historic Fourth Ward Park

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On March 1, buried down under all the options for presidential nominees, Atlantans will get to vote on whether or not to renew a tax that funds a big part of city’s water and sewer projects.

On one of the many rainy days this winter, stormwater rushes underground in the Historic Fourth Ward Park, headed toward a big pond that holds the excess water and takes pressure off the pipes.

Retention pond at Historic Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta, Feb. 3, 2015
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"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Today we’re off to the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, near downtown. There, across North Avenue from Ponce City Market, is a plot of land that’s seen a lot of transformation: the Historic Fourth Ward Park.

About 100 years ago, it was part of the Ponce de Leon amusement park. By the early 2000s, it was a dumping ground.

Now, the Historic Fourth Ward Park is a park that developers call an emerald on the necklace of the Atlanta BeltLine.