North Boulevard Park is a charming microhood located within the larger Virginia Highland community of Atlanta. In addition to the convenience of its 6.6 acre greenspace, nearby residents enjoy a prime location between the pleasures of Piedmont Park and the great shopping and eating nodes situated where North Highland Avenue meets Amsterdam and Virginia Avenues.
First, a little background: the area around Orme Park saw development take off when the Park Drive Bridge crossing the present day Beltline into Piedmont Park was completed in 1916. At that time, Monroe Drive did not change names at Ponce de Leon Avenue and it was known as Boulevard for its entire length. The North Boulevard Park Development Company filled in 64 acres east of the park with the Arts and Crafts bungalows that are now so highly prized. Construction continued into the mid-1920s, and North Boulevard Park was one of the last large bungalow developments in central Virginia Highland. Interestingly, the streets in the neighborhood differ from the earlier developments in the area. Instead of straight lines meeting at right angles, many of the roads around Orme Park curve and wind in a picturesque,Olmstedian manner. It's a subtle detail that adds to the charm of the surroundings .
Recently, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the first phase of an improvements program, organized by the Friends of Orme Park. The master plan calls for a subtle facelift that will marry the best of the old with the new. The overall character of the park will be preserved, with small active areas included in the lushly canopied setting. New features will include enhanced lighting, signage, and the replacement of invasive plant species with native varieties. Picnic areas and playground equipment have been revamped, and the stream that traverses the center of the park will be the focus of bank restoration efforts. As fundraising efforts continue, the group hopes to make renovations to the obelisk-flanked bridge at Brookridge Drive and construct a boardwalk system similar to the one newly opened at Piedmont Park. So whether one wants to play with the kids, chat with the neighbors, or just enjoy a slow stroll and listen to the birds, Orme Park is a great place to do it all.