Belvedere Park's History
Belvedere Park began as a quiet neighborhood in the early 1950s and quickly became a thriving suburb with schools, parks and a shopping center. The main shopping center, Belvedere Plaza, was anchored by Rich's Department Store and included shops like Kinney's Shoes and Three Sisters Clothing. The Belvedere Motor Motel was known for a TV in every room, and the Belvedere Theatre hosted family-friendly movies every weekend!
While many of the esteemed stores of the 1950s have retired, the Belvedere community is still vibrant and active. Our neighborhood is home to multiple shops, restaurants and parks (including Shoal Creek). We recognize the rich history of this area and want to create the next chapter of Belvedere Park with historical integrity and togetherness.
BCC, The Belvedere Civic Club was established in 1956 and has served the community continuously since its founding. It is the legacy neighborhood organization and the current President of the Civic Club is Wayne Powell who has served in that capacity twice for a total of 32 years.
Wadsworth Elementary is an iconic midcentury neighborhood school. It was also opened on April 28, 1958 and named after Mr. Wadsworth who was a leader in Decatur and owned a mill near McAfee Road and Glendale Drive, near the present site of Glendale Park. It was closed as an elementary school in 2008, and ever since, the building has housed Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers, which serves grades four through eight. They currently (04.22.22) have seats open and any academically qualified DeKalb County student is eligible to participate in the registration process.
The current public schools for our neighborhood are Peachcrest Elementary, Bethune Middle and Towers High School.
Shoal Creek Park I is a 16 acres park, located at 3649 Glenwood Rd.
It is home to baseball, multi-use field, basketball court, multi-use court, playground, picnic area and trails.
Mr. Coleman's Park, is a community green space that Mr. Coleman generously lets our community enjoy. He bought the property from Dekalb County in 1982. The property has a small creek cutting through and beautiful trees, including fruiting fig trees.
Belvedere Peace Community Garden was brought to BP by the Healthy Belvedere Initiative (HBI) and was first established in 2005 by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Following a thorough environmental scan, Kaiser selected DeKalb County’s Belvedere Park community as the focus of a multi-year health initiative designed to bring about environmental and policy change to improve residents’ health. The Initiative evolved over several years and created innovative approaches to community health issues while becoming deeply embedded in the community. Inspired by these successes, the HBI spun off in 2013 to become an independent 501c3 nonprofit, changed its name to Partners in Action for Healthy Living (PAHL), Inc. and expanded the target area to include all South DeKalb communities.
Recent Neighborhood Projects:
Community Mural located at Rupert & Memorial
Spark Joy Rock Garden at Linda & Carter