It’s now a well-maintained songbird habitat and hiking trail. “We did the planning,” says Dick Yarbrough, managing director for the 1996 Olympics.
The only clue that it was an Olympic venue is a plaque identifying it as the former site of the cycle track and archery competition. “The execution after the games was left up to the individual communities.
Some did well; some didn’t.” However, Yarbrough says Atlanta’s Olympic organizers took a unique approach to venue development.
“Our facilities were built for an afterlife and were retrofitted for the games, which is exactly the opposite [way] most Olympic planning is done,” he says.
“We probably have had eight or 10 proposals come our way from people who felt like they could get the thing going again,” says Bob Cowhig, director of planning and development for the SMMA.
“And every time we got into it, there were just some financial issues we weren’t comfortable with.” Cowhig says most offers didn’t have the financial backing they needed.
Last week, the United States Olympic Committee chose Boston as the U. But not Bobby Rearden, who passed away last weekend.
After the Olympics, the complex hosted a few tournaments, but they didn’t generate much revenue.
Now, we flip our calendars back and remember the moment, in September 1990, when Atlantans first learned their city would host the Olympics games.
William Porter “Billy” Payne served as Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games.
The center hosted the Olympic swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo competitions.
Now, it’s part of the Campus Recreation Center at Georgia Tech.