Historic Mims Park is near downtown Atlanta and the Vine City MARTA station. The park was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmstead’s firm, but it was taken over by growth of the neighborhood and a school was built on the greenspace. However, with help from the National Monuments Foundation, the original design of the park will be revived about a block away from its original location in Vine City. In addition to walking paths and monuments, urban farms, gardens and educational facilities are planned for the 16 acres of land in the neighborhood where Martin Luther King Jr. lived.
Take any blue or green line train to the Vine City station to reach Mims Park. If you are traveling from the red or gold line, transfer to the first westbound train at Five Points to get to Vine City. Take the Georgia Dome exit out of the station and turn left on Northside Drive. Walk to Thurmond Street and turn left, which is the site of the original park. The new park is about a block away (see walking map). Renovations and construction have not begun, but may be completed by the end of 2015. Until then, be advised that the area is not very safe. While some improvements have been made, Vine City was ranked as the most dangerous area in Atlanta in 2010.