25 years ago this community had a vision to welcome the world and open our doors to the 1996 Olympic games. With one heart, community leaders moved forward together to create an Olympic experience that was second to none. A legacy was built not just out of brick and mortar but of innovation, foresight, planning and genuine hospitality-a legacy that continues to stand the test of time today. We invite you to join us in celebrating 25 years of the Olympic Spirit to continue the Olympic legacy.

25th Anniversary Celebration 

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The front porch has long been recognized as representing the ideals of family, community and hospitality. A transitional space between the privacy of home and the community outside, front porches bring neighborhoods and communities together – stories are told and dreams are imagined. In 1996 our community opened our front porch hospitality to the world for the Olympic Games. Now, 25 years later, you are invited to step off your porch and come together as we celebrate the legacy of the Olympic Games in our community and reignite the Olympic message of peace, friendship, unity and excellence.

Porch to Torch 5k

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Home of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games where the Legacy Continues and Champions Grow.

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25th Anniversary Celebration Activities


Bill Fields, 1952 Olympic Gold medalist in rowing, voiced a vision for Lake Lanier when he pitched the site to be home to the rowing events in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. During the Olympics, rowers gathered from around the globe to compete here for the Gold; for the dream of being an Olympic Champion. Today, that legacy continues as teams continue to train and compete on the best water in the world. 

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Happening Now

Today when you visit Lake Lanier Olympic Park you will experience so much more than rowing. Today you can relax on the sandy beach, enjoy a picnic and a good book in Fields Memorial Butterfly garden, or take a walk through the park taking in wonderful art.  If you enjoy fishing, there’s a great shoreline to cast a line. Or you may enjoy simply taking in the moment knowing you are walking where Champions walk and paddling where the best of the best come to train and compete. 

Keep your eyes on the calendar. Concerts and festivals are happening all the time.

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Beach Bash July 16th