Atlanta >Attractions > Piedmont Park
Piedmont Ave NE and 14th St, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030933.787090 -84.378070
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast
Not quite Central Park but a darn good reason to venture out to midtown on a nice day in Atlanta.
Spring's officially arrived & it's starting to get warmer out! What better way to enjoy mother nature and the Atlanta skyline other than a nice stroll or picnic at Piedmont Park.
Really a review on the Dogwood... – Okay, lets get something straight. This isn't really a review on Piedmont Park, it's really a review on festivals.
I love Piedmont Park... and can't really come up with much (or well, anything) bad to say about it. But I have to be honest about Festivals. I don't get them. All the artist markets, good vendors, and expensive beer... I can't figure out why 30,000 people would really want to show up for this. Am I missing something? I'm happy I went to the Dogwood Festival over the weekend, but only so I know I can cross that off my list of things to do. There are so many people -- I'd rather just get a beer with a few friends on the porch of some casual restaurant. But maybe that's just me.
No Better Place – I love this park. Let me tell you how much time I spend there: a lot. I was there Friday night for over an hour. I got up Saturday morning and went back for an hour. I'm there several times a week after work for at least an hour each time. The "Active Oval" is my area, and the main place I jog. The dirt-trodden, gravel-laden surface of its track makes it easy on the knees for long runs. And if you get bored there, just venture out onto the track that lazily meanders around the entire park.
This park is also great for people watching, as there is never a shortage of folks enjoying the park. It never fails that some quirky little guy or girl is galavanting around the park on roller blades, cute couples are enjoying picnics, families are strolling around, and people are walking their dogs. It's a veritable fun-fest, and it's hard NOT to be happy here. Just the other day a mom was pitching a whiffle ball to her son, and it came rolling down the hill to me. I threw the ball back to her and she said thanks, of course, because people are nice here. The surrounding neighborhood is great too--I love the way these people live. I spotted a couple and their kids on their front porch, finger painting and blasting Patty Griffin on the stereo. Once I was walking after a run and passed by an older woman--in one hand she had her dog on a leash and in the other, a large glass of wine. My kind of neighborhood.
The park itself has so much to offer: a swimming pool, a track, a lake, a playground, tennis courts, a dog park, and of course plenty of green space for general outdoorsy merriment.
It's impossible to be unhappy here. There's just something uplifting about being surrounded by people enjoying the best (and free) things in life. And perhaps it's the endorphis, but sometimes when I'm running around the park, I get so giddy I can barely contain myself. I look up, see those huge sparkling buidings over the treetops, and (seriously) want to go skipping around the track. So far, I've controlled that urge; but, if on your next visit you see a crazy lady skipping around the track, that would be me. Come skip with me.
Atlanta's answer to Central Park is the top sunny-day destination for intown residents. – In Short
This centerpiece of Midtown sports spacious lawns, paved pathways, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, a pool and two ponds--not to mention a postcard view of Midtown's pointed peaks. Framing the scenery on either end of the park are the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Park Tavern. Trivia buffs should note the various statuary and memorials of local history. Piedmont Park is the mecca of outdoor activities in the city proper, and it continues to improve. Ongoing renovations have not only restored the park's resplendent emerald lawn and serpentine path, but a 53-acre expansion of the park and the renovation of the old stone bathhouse, dubbed Greystone, will carry the park for future generations. As Atlanta's see-and-be-seen playground, the park is often jammed to near capacity on weekends.
Nice park for people watching, go elsewhere for a dog park – It is a great local park for a picnic or group gathering. It's a great place to people watch,too. However, you should be careful of the high number of serious roller bladers. Also some people might describe it as a dog heaven. I don't. The dog park at piedmont tends to have a mixed crew of owners. Some are mindful of their dog's behavior, but there are some that will go into the park with a known aggressive dog, un-neutered dog or dogs in heat. Some people do not watch their dogs while in the park. This can lead to many problems. Case in point--the chow dog that was attacked/killed a couple of months ago in the park. If you love your dog and want to go here, take a taser gun.
Really Great Park – Piedmont Park is like a little Central Park in Atlanta. There is a really great distance you can run. I also really love the dog park area. The park is always very clean and I always feel very safe running there.
Best Park in the city of Atlanta – This is a beautiful park for walking/jogging, sightseeing or picknicking. I personally do not like the fact that people allow their dogs to run around without leashers. If you are a dog lover - this is the place to see a fashion show of every breed of dog. There are plenty of benches and green spaces to spread a blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the sights. If you have young children beware because there are plenty of gay/lesbian couples enjoying the park as well.
Loved it. – My boyfriend and I went to piedmont park around 11pm on a saturday. We were unsure whether or not the park was still open but it was. We didn't explore too far in the park because we saw some swing benches overlooking water before it got too late. I loved it though, very peaceful and quiet. It was the first time I went and I really enjoyed it. Hopefully one day I'll go again with my boyfriend when it's day time and explore a bit.
The Epicenter Of Atlanta! – Growing up in Atlanta during the 60's, the Sunday afternoon drive was a ritual. My parents would drive us through Piedmont Park, around the lake--Yes, back then you could drive around the lake. People of all races, backgrounds and sexual orientations, would all come together, for a Sunday in "The Park". And sometimes on Saturday's, we would go swimming in the pool. Phillip Law Olmstead designed the park, as well as Central Park in NYC. Today it's strickly pedestrian friendly, pets included, and continues to bring all Atlantan's together. It's the heart of the city!
It's the "City" Park – All of Atlanta migrates to this park any warm winters day with walker and runners. An explosion of life and nature. Great open spaces and lots of people watching.
It's a pretty sweet park – As a recent transplant to the Midtown area, a dog owner and a budding exercise acolyte, I'm fast falling in love with Piedmont Park. Good jogging/walking track, nice scenery, great view of the Atlanta skyline, cool pet area. And it's close to my home, mellow mushroom, the highlander...I haven't been excited about a patch of real estate since I was a young 'un exploring the woods across the street from my house (eventually developed into a mall, alas).
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