City of Decatur
J.U.M.P.! or Join Us at the MARTA Playspace
Our goal is to create a "destination for play and interaction" at a gateway into downtown Decatur. We want kids, adults, neighbors, citizens, and commuters to JUMP in with us!
The JUMP site (Join Us at the Marta Play-space) is under a MARTA rapid rail bridge (Bridge) that spans West Trinity Street and surrounding sidewalks. The Bridge bisects several diverse communities. Children wait under the Bridge to catch their school bus; neighbors and employees walk and ride bikes under the Bridge, and cars traverse the corridor daily on the way to work or school.
The Bridge creates a gateway into economically and racially diverse communities and provides an opportunity for connections through play and exercise that can be created in a dedicated place to play. Artists will be painting a mural on the Bridge creating a beautiful destination. Our team wants to enhance the area adjacent to and under the Bridge by adding painted pavement games such as hopscotch, a bench for sitting, a balance beam, and planters to bring play and exercise into this new dynamic place.
We would connect the JUMP play space to the nearby neighborhoods by adding enhancements to the sidewalk leading to the communities with stenciled artwork that reflects the art in the bridge mural. Our mural artists are excited about this opportunity and will be creating a stencil for use in the space. We also envision a "mural inspired trail" that leads to the nearby Recreation Center and Pool across the street.
- Cheryl Burnette