Hurt Park was originally built as part of the revitalization of the downtown area in the late 1930s; it was one of the first parks built after the Civil War Reunification era. Since its glory days, Hurt Park has fallen into disrepair and has become infamous for its homeless population and eroding hillsides. After Georgia State bought a portion of the park, the Sustainable Energy Tribe has made attempts to create an inviting garden for student and public enjoyment. This year, we are expanding our garden to include the entire hillside. From this endeavor, we hope to accomplish three main objectives: 1) to control erosion along the Gilmer Street side of the park through terracing; 2) provide a greenspace with edible vegetable and herbs as well as native plants which attract beneficial insects; and 3) provide a safer path across the park hillside. Our plan includes five 10' x 6' terraced beds to be placed along the deteriorating hillside across from Sparks Hall. The gardens will be built, planted, and maintained by members of the S.E.T. and fellow GSU students.
However, the garden will also function to educate students on the potential of urban farming and erosion remediation, provide attractants and food for birds, squirrels, bats, and butterflies, and provide a safer cut-through path across the park.
Funded by Atlanta, GA (April 2015)