Is the Atlanta Prison Farm our next neighborhood Park?

Larger than Piedmont Park, Grant Park and Oakland Cemetery combined!

There has been much hype about the Atlanta Prison Farm in recent weeks, about the possibility of revamping the 300 plus green space and lakes into a community park.  If you haven’t heard.. it’s huge and has a ton of potential.  


About the Atlanta Prison Farm:

The state prison farm draws a great number of people, well at the least type that are into exploring rotting buildings. For the rest of Atlanta, it is not quite as appealing.  It opened in the early 1900’s and then closed around the early- to mid-1990s, and during its existence it collected a checkered reputation as a dumping ground.   Since its closure, it’s been left simply to decay — an object of contention between the city that owns it, Atlanta, and the county that houses it, DeKalb. It would make an excellent city park, but instead, for almost two decades it has served as an illicit playground for — vandals, arsonists, graffiti artists, and the occasional tourist or adventurer.

What’s next?

Currently there is a movement called “Save The Prison Farm” which recently has gained momentum in their cause.  They are petitioning and writing letters to local politicians about the possibility of creating a multi-use, family friendly green space for all of Atlanta to enjoy.

What are your thoughts?

Join the conversation on our Facebook and tell us if you think that this park is salvageable, if it worth city or county funding to revitalize this large and unused land?

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posted: Sep 3, 2014 | No Responses

Posted by:  Melissa Wakamo

When Melissa Wakamo began her real estate career in 2004, her goal was to focus on her immediate area and get to know her neighbors. "I've had a lot of fun over the years helping my neighbors sell their homes and helping newcomers become a part of our community."

Melissa quickly became one of metro Atlanta's top producing agents and consistently performed in the top 1% of all Atlanta agents. By 2009, Melissa's real estate team had grown to include several agents and support staff, dedicated to providing exceptional service to buyers and sellers in Atlanta's intown neighborhoods.

In 2010, Melissa transitioned Red Robin REALTORS® into an independently owned boutique brokerage. Even in the tough real estate market during that time, Red Robin REALTORS® continued to outperform other small brokerages and was able to help buyers and sellers adapt to the rapid changes in the market.

In 2017, Melissa had the opportunity to merge the Red Robin REALTORS team with another like-minded boutique brokerage, Keller Knapp Realty. The two community-focused organizations bring together more than 100 agents, including 3 of the top 10 agents in metro Atlanta. With offices in Oakhurst, Ormewood Park and Midtown, Keller Knapp Realty and Red Robin REALTORS team are the top boutique real estate firm in Atlanta.

In her role as Managing Broker, Melissa provides agent training, marketing and strategic oversight for the Brokerage, ensuring that the brokerage maintains its focus and commitment to the intown market.

Melissa's active participation in various neighborhood organizations and charitable efforts, as well as her passion for antiques, cooking, and gardening, keep her busy and in touch with the community.

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