Allen divided the park into four districts, still existent today: Historic (Recreating a Time Gone By), Natural (Preserving Georgia's Natural Resources), Recreation (Creating a World-Class Facility), and Events (Where Great Events Get Better). Each of these districts has a separate agenda, none of which relate to the carving. After the Allen years, playing a good game of golf is as legitimate a reason to visit Stone Mountain as to view the memorial carving. However, golf, Southern cooking, and nature walks are all very stereotypically Southern things, giving some consistency to the Parks' themes.
In 1990, construction ended on the Evergreen Conference Center, a world class conference center and exemplary element of Allen's plan. Evergreen epitomizes the Allen philosophy of diversification; operating independently from the rest of the Park (and virtually out of sight of the carving), the center raises about 12% of the Park's total revenue. This money goes to pay for the upkeep of the rest of the Park, since Stone Mountain is a state authority and must reinvest all of its profit.
John Shelton Reed and Ed Ayers together provide an interesting paradigm for intepreting the
incredible changing focus of Stone Mountain Park. In separate books, each argues that
Southernness is not a fixed value; that the quality of being Southern does not depend on specific
and static criteria. Interpreting the Park's history through this framework makes the Park's
"focus" appear more consistent. While the specific elements of the Park have changed, the
overarching theme of Southernness has remained intact. In the 1910s and 20s, membership in
the Klan or in the United Daughters of the
Confederacy was quintessentially Southern. Helen Plane
and John Temple Graves stood for the South by standing for
specific, Confederate issues within the Southern heritage. As the War between the States fades
further from our national memory, being Southern comes to mean different things. NASCAR
races and state fairs are now as Southern as "Stonewall" or Traveler ever were. Understood in
this framework, Larry Allen brought continuity and fiscal stability to Stone Mountain, not
modernism and avarice.