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


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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Looking Ahead

Lake Lanier Olympic Park will host the largest International sporting event in the area since the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Join us in welcoming the world to Gainesville-Hall County Sept. 12-16, 2018! Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. 

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