Q: With the announced changes to Centennial Olympic Park, we are curious. What will happen to the bricks which many purchased when the original park was being developed?
—Cleda Locey, Gainesville
A: There are no plans to permanently remove any existing bricks bought during the original Adopt-A-Brick campaign, Morgan Smith-Williams, senior communications specialist for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, told Q&A on the News. The authority owns and operates Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.
“With all the exciting improvements coming to Centennial Olympic Park, there will be bricks that must be relocated to another area of the park. All affected bricks will be inventoried and stored safe, until the park is able to reinstall them after the hardscape work is complete,” she wrote.
She added that there will be periods of time during construction in which pedestrian access to certain clusters of bricks will be impacted or restricted.
If a section of bricks cannot be accessed or has been temporarily removed, the public will be updated via the brick locator page on the authority’s website (gwcca.org/park/visiting-the-park/brick-locator). Park volunteers will also be able to provide updates to visitors.
All of the park’s bricks will be in place by early 2019, when the projects are completed, she added.
The original Adopt-A-Brick campaign, which supported the 1996 Olympic Games, U.S. Olympic teams and park construction, sold more than 400,000 bricks.
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