The Intown Brief: Downtown Atlanta and Inman Park News Shorts

It’s time for an overview of the biggest news and events happening around downtown Atlanta, Grant Park, the Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Candler Park, Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, Sweet Auburn, Edgewood, and the rest of intown:

  • Remember how the Historic Fourth Ward Park had that skate park opening this weekend? It turns out there was a celebrity guest in the works! Yep, the celebrated Tony Hawk joined Kwanza Hall, city officials, skateboarders galore, and BeltLine residents to celebrate the grand opening of the city’s first public skate park. Hawk was reportedly “shocked” at the size of the 15 thousand square-foot facility; his philanthropic foundation had awarded the project $25 thousand that helped it along. The site had long been a popular spot for skateboarding, where law enforcement and city officials looked the other way in return for good stewardship from skaters. Now it’s an official location good enough for a skating novice or expert skater (like Hawk). Want to see pictures from the grand opening? They’re up at Creative Loafing here.
  • Poncey-Highlands neighborhood icon the Plaza Theatre will be hosting the fifth iteration of WonderRoot’s Generally Local, Mostly Independent Filmmakers Night. WonderRoot has become quite the Reynoldstown institution, and on Thursday, June 23, the Plaza and the art space collaborate in presenting an evening of short films by local filmmakers including pieces of animation, experimental and more traditional narrative films, music videos for local bands, and more. As we’ve noted previously, the Atlanta film scene is more vibrant than any time in history, so June 23 should be an opportunity to catch some of these up-and-comers before they get nationally famous.
  • The Georgia Music Hall of Fame might have closed its doors in Macon, but there are rumblings of bringing it to Atlanta. Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts has proposed moving the museum to one of the many buildings in downtown Atlanta in order to add another attraction to the city core. No reports yet on how that one’s moving along. It could be interesting though, considering the artists who’ve called Georgia home: Ray Charles, Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers, James Brown, Little Richard, the B-52s, REM, Widespread Panic, and Atlanta’s own Gladys Knight, Usher, Ludacris, OutKast, and more.
  • Wish things (cough, MARTA, cough) ran a little different around the city? You have your chance to speak out this month in a series of transportation town hall meetings. The Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable has asked the public to participate in developing the next generation of transit in metro Atlanta. The best part? The meetings are conducted by telephone, so no driving around and sitting in a musty civic building! The meeting for Fulton County is at 6 PM on June 22; more details are available here.
  • It’s hot, but the frozen yogurt trend hasn’t penetrated the intown Atlanta area as well as, say, Buckhead, right? Fear not, because La Fruttela has finally opened in the Highland Walk shops in the Old Fourth Ward! Check out available toppings, nutritional info, and more at the main La Frutella corporate site, and then come by and grab a cup…it’s just down the street from P’Cheen.

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