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Stone Mountain Park has a new manager |


STONE MOUNTAIN – A new company owned by a seasoned Stone Mountain executive was named a finalist on Monday to take over management of the park next summer.

The Board of Directors of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with Thrive Attraction Management. The owner of the new company, Michael Dombrowski, has been vice president and general manager of the park since 2014.

“We are honored to have been chosen to continue the excellent work of managing Stone Mountain Park over the past several years and to maintain an experienced group of senior executives and engaged employees,” Dombrowski said Monday.

“We will build on our success by… ensuring that Stone Mountain Park is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all visitors to Atlanta, the nation and the world. “

Stone Mountain’s board has come under pressure since nationwide civil rights protests erupted in the summer of last year to reduce the importance of Confederate imagery in the park, dominated by a giant sculpture on the mountainside of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

The board responded last May by passing resolutions to add historical context to the sculpture with a museum exhibit that will be located at the park’s Memorial Hall and move Confederate flags lining the park’s main trail to the foot. of the mountain.

Then, in August, board members adopted a new logo for the association that omits the Confederate symbols contained in the old logo.

While critics of Confederate imagery at Stone Mountain have called for the total removal of sculpture and other symbols of Confederation, a law passed by the General Assembly in 2019 prohibits the removal of historic monuments from public property.

Subject to a final agreement, Thrive Attractions Management would take over at Stone Mountain on July 31, when the park’s current lease with Herschend Family Entertainment expires.

The new company will partner with Crescent Hotels and Resorts to oversee the operations of the Evergreen Resort and Conference Center and Stone Mountain Inn.

“Crescent has consistently ranked among the top five hotel management companies in America,” said Bill Stephens, CEO of the association.

Separately, on Monday, the board of directors announced that it is issuing a request for proposals for a company with experience designing museum exhibits to develop an interpretive plan for the exhibit at the Memorial. Lobby.

“We want to provide a broad interpretation of sculpture as art, the technological achievement it reflects and its relationship to local history,” says the DP.

“The new exhibition should be stimulating and engaging and should attract new visitors to the museum as well as encourage and inspire Georgians to revisit it.”

The proposals are expected next April and the board is expected to award a contract in June.

This story is available through a partnership with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.

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