City Parks Blog

Atlanta Parks Visit

by Charlie McCabe

The great lawn at Piedmont Park in Atlanta

In late June, I visited Atlanta, participating in a forum on Atlanta’s Parks hosted by Park Pride as well as several meetings organized by the Trust for Public Land’s Georgia office. Sadly, it was raining much of one of the two days that I was there, but I still managed to get out and see a number of Atlanta’s parks.

Charlie presenting at the Park Pride forum. Yes, there were lots of charts, tables and maps. 😉

Mural along the Beltline

Amazing Sculpture/Swings at Piedmont Park

Sprayground at Historic Fourth Ward Park (it was raining, so not many people out there….)

While Atlanta is ranked 50th in ParkScore, it continues to add parkland and build out a number of parks, including the Atlanta Beltline, and the forthcoming Cook Park, which is a current Trust for Public Land project, which recently held a groundbreaking.  I managed to explore a portion of the Beltline (between early evening downpours) as well as Piedmont Park, some of the Olmsted Brothers developed neighborhoors as well as Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Rainy evening along the Beltline, with more artwork.

Our Trust for Public Land team in Georgia is working hard on both Cook Park as well as the Chattahoochee River Corridor in Atlanta.

A big part of the function of Historic Fourth Ward Park is managing stormwater runoff, which is does really well.

A view of the storm water ponds and system at Historic Fourth Ward Park.

wildflowers and more murals along the Beltline

Amazingly awesome slides at Piedmont Park.