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Have Fun in the Sun at Piedmont Park: Ultimate Summer Bucket List

Are you looking for something to do this summer besides sitting at home? If so, then search no longer. Piedmont Park offers many exciting outdoor activities to keep you engaged all summer long. Here’s a few things to scratch off your bucket list:

1. Sweat on the Volleyball Courts on Free Play Fridays

Invite your family or friends for a fun game of volleyball in the Park. The Active Oval has two sand volleyball courts open for reservations every day except on Fridays. Otherwise it is first come, first serve!  https://www.piedmontpark.org/things-to-do/sports/

2. Hit Your Stride on the Track in the Active Oval

Whether you’re an early morning runner or late night jogger, the Active Oval is perfect for you. A former horse track, this location is great for exercise. Whether you sweat it out on the track or field there’s always a way to stay fit in the Park.

3. Bend it out at Yoga on the Promenade

Who knew getting in shape could be so peaceful? Every fourth Monday of the month, the Piedmont Park Conservancy along with Sprouts Farmer’s Market is offering free yoga to visitors like you. So, grab a mat and meet at the Promenade by 7PM! https://www.piedmontpark.org/fitness-health/

4. Make a Splash in the Pool with Your Friends

Wondering how you’re going to survive the summer heat? The answer is the pool. With temperatures rising each week, it’s important to stay cool. Join your friends at the pool this season from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. https://www.piedmontpark.org/aquatics-pool/

5. Pitch in to Volunteer at the Park

If you have a desire to help the community and make an environmental difference, then become a volunteer. The Park relies on thousands of volunteers to assist with preservation and restoration, special events, tours and more. Support the Park today! https://www.piedmontpark.org/support-the-park/volunteer/

6. Meet Your Local Farmer at the Green Market

Most park visitors who workout care about what they eat, too. If this is you, then stop by the Green Market on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM. The market connects you to local farmers, fresh produce,chef demonstrations and more.   https://www.piedmontpark.org/green-market/

7. Bring Your Pup to the Dog Parks

It’s been said “dogs are a man’s best friend”. What better way to treat your best buddy than to a play date? The Park provides three acres for your furry friends to run off-leash until tired. Come visit with your pet this summer! https://www.piedmontpark.org/dog-parks/

8. Connect with the Outdoors at the Conservancy Naturalist Booth

Do you like being outdoors? If so, then visit the Naturalist booth this summer. The booth is a fun, educational way to interact with visitors by providing useful information about nature, bees and the environment. The best part is, it’s free!

9. Grab a Bite and Hear the Music of Green Market’s Live Bands

Not only does the market provide sustainable food options, but also entertainment. Visitors that enjoy a good time should arrive at the Visitor’s Center by 10AM on Saturdays to watch live performances by talented musicians. https://www.piedmontpark.org/green-market/

Looking for interesting things to do this summer? Visit www.piedmontpark.org/calendar

Author: Amari Woods

First Day of Summer: Are you in the know?

Although the heat has been blazing in Atlanta for the past couple of months, June 21st marked the first official day of summer. Now that the season is finally here, the question is how to spend it? To make this summer one to remember, head to Piedmont Park and involve the family in some outdoor fun! Whether it’s swimming the afternoon away or going to one of the Park’s many events, Piedmont Park has plenty of options for how you can make the most of the warm weather and clear skies–all in Atlanta’s backyard.

Events, Events and More Events

For an exciting weekend activity, rally up your crew and add a Park event to your summer schedule. For starters, the Horizon Theatre will be performing their hit musical, “Freaky Friday” on the Promenade through June 23. Attendees can bring blankets, low-back chairs and a picnic packed with dinner for a night of song, dance and boisterous laughter! With July arrives our Runaway Bride 5K, an event dedicated to the brides, grooms, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and “always-a-guests” out there looking for an excuse to flex their running/walking chops (and get a free t-shirt while they’re at it.) Dog lovers should check out a pup-friendly dog contest happening in early August at which one lucky dog will be named Piedmont Park’s Dog of the Year.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!

Grab your towels and pool supplies for a cool down at Piedmont Park’s popular Aquatic Center, which features a pool with four lap lanes and plenty of shaded tables. There’s also the Legacy Fountain Splash Pad, a popular spot for kids who enjoy zig-zagging through its 70 jets. When you get hungry, check out our concessions: King of Pops, offering ice-cold popsicles or The Market where you can indulge in a savory lunch with options like the “Slow Pork & Mango Cuban” sandwich and the “Heart of the Park” hot dog.

Bikes R Us

Imagine this: You’re on a bike, cool air graces your face with each tire rotation and you’re surrounded by lush greenery. This could be you at Piedmont Park, where visitors can pedal on paved paths that lead to every corner of the Park for ample exploration. No bike? No problem. Atlanta’s low-cost Relay Bike Share bicycles are available to rent, allowing anyone to hop off their ride at seemingly every turn to take in the beautiful scenery.

Learn Something New!

Take a leisurely stroll through the Park and learn some interesting tidbits about the Park’s storied past by going on one of our free docent-led history tours. Lead yourself on a self-guided tour to explore the most photographed locations in the Park or make a game of spotting the some of the oldest trees in Atlanta. Bird walks are offered in collaboration with the Atlanta Audubon Society; hone your observation skills and impress your friends with your newfound knowledge of unique bird calls.

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Guest Post by Aliya Seymour