Parks are a key part of the community and can significantly enhance the health of a neighborhood. As proof is the Fitwel certification AMLI Ponce Park was awarded in 2018. Fitwel is a health and wellness rating system designed by the CDC and managed by the Center for Active Design aimed at improving public health. AMLI Ponce Park is the first multifamily building in the southeast to achieve Fitwel certification. A significant part of AMLI’s success came from their proximity to Historic Fourth Ward Park and the health and wellness benefits that come from living next to greenspace.
Some of the Fitwel requirements supported by Historic Fourth Ward Park are proximity to open space, access to a nearby playground, and views of nature from every unit. In addition, the building achieved Fitwel certification thanks to a number of healthy living features including proximity to the BeltLine, active design practices, healthy food and grocery options, a high WalkScore, and its 24/7 fitness center.
In May 2019 the Urban Land Institute – Atlanta hosted a pop-up event with speaker Liz York, the CDC’s Chief Sustainability Officer to learn about how building design can foster better public health. Laura McComb, AMLI’s Sustainability Associate then led a tour of AMLI Ponce Park and Historic Fourth Ward Park to show attendees an example of a Fitwel certified building and how better design can create a healthier built environment.