Grove Park History
Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, one of the major corridors in Northwest Atlanta, was in its splendor during the 1960s, and the area was stable until the early 1970s when suburban growth began to drain the area's vitality. As a result, many longtime businesses closed and were replaced by low-rent business; and as population decreased the area began to deteriorate. In fact, through the turn of the 21st century, the entire area witnessed a steady decline in population, property conditions and the local economy.
Grove Park was developed in the 1920s and 1930s by various developers, but primarily by the Grove Park Development Company, owned by Dr. Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmaceutical magnate from Hardin County, TN. The community was initially known as Fortified Hills, a name stemming from the Civil War. Grove named the streets for his wife, Gertrude, his daughter Evelyn, and his son, Edwin. Other street names are believed to have been inspired by his grandchildren: Matilda, Hortense, Emily, Elizabeth, Francis, Eleanor, Florence, Margaret, and Eugenia. Many of the side streets created in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are wide, tree-lined avenues with well-tended frame cottages, brick Tudors and ranches.
“There’s is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” M. Wheatley
2019 has been an amazing year, as our neighborhood continues to emerge its easy to look at far you have to go, but equally as important to look back at all the hurdles we’ve cross here are some of those highlights.
Westside Wing Festival…It has always been our vision to build our independence and sustainability. A group of committed residents lead by Joe Redding went about re-branding our signature event which birthed Atlanta’s official wing fest the WESTSIDE WING FESTIVAL. Not a small undertaking but within our short planning window we were able to raise nearly 10K for this event with garnered local and national support. With the help of sponsors, and partners orgs we brought together hundreds of westsidebestsiders, local and international artist, artistan vendors and the Best in the West wings! Looking forward to seeing you at the 2nd Annual Westside Wing Fest.
Westside Reservoir Park
KIPP Woodson Park
Park Pride Grant