College Park History

Named one of Atlanta Magazine's "Best Places To Call Home" and nationally known as a "Mecca for Brunch", the City of College Park has become one of the most exciting communities in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area in which to live. A well-established community with an individuality all its own, College Park, located near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Interstates I-85 and I-285, the CSX Railroad and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), residents and visitors alike will find that this revitalized City offers the best of Southern hospitality in its city services, local restaurants, lodging accommodations, parks and recreation, and community events.

College Park has all the benefits of a large city, while preserving the neighborliness of a hometown. Its close proximity to Atlanta provides residents and visitors alike with easy access to colleges and universities, shopping and other places of interest. The city also boasts being home to the largest independent school in the continental United States, Woodward Academy, as well as The Main Street Academy, a K-8 public charter school proudly serving the Tri-Cities area.

Urban Historic District
Originating from a land grant awarded in 1846, College Park has the fourth largest urban historic district in Georgia with 867 structures on the Historic Register. The City’s historical collection consists of homes, monuments, businesses, schools, churches, parks, a cemetery, government building, and railway station.

A city where growth and progress embrace the past to enhance the future, downtown College Park anchors the city with its historic Main Street business district. Through assistance from the College Park Development / Main Street Office, new specialty businesses are replacing once vacant storefronts and transitional businesses. The new Georgia International Convention Center is a state-of-the-art facility owned and operated by the City of College Park, and is the second largest exhibit and meeting space in the state.

Historical Architecture
The College Park Women’s Club, located in a historical structure built in 1897 on Main Street, offers facilities to accommodate 300 guests and is equipped with a kitchen and stage.

College Park is one of the few cities in the country that can boast of having a female architect actively involved in planning and design during the 1890s.