Piedmont Park Events and Attractions
Yearlong events and numerous attractions make Atlanta's Piedmont Park a popular destination with a little something for all.
Piedmont Park has been referred to as the Central Park of the South, perhaps because the Olmsted Brothers designed it, though locals don't really call it that. The 189-acre park hosts visitors from all over Atlanta and lots of vacationers, too. They come for the yearly events that take place there, such as concerts, the Jazz Festival, the Arts Festival, the pool, the farmer's market, tennis, and the newly added dog park.
The Piedmont Park aquatic center with its sparkling pool was part of the Breaking New Ground campaign that expanded Piedmont Park by 53 acres. The Conservancy and the City of Atlanta operate the pool. The Piedmont Park aquatic center features lap lanes, concession stands, locker rooms and showers, a shaded pool deck, and it's handicapped accessible. You may purchase a season pool pass, which affords you unlimited access to the pool. There are different fee structures for individuals, couples, families and seniors. There are even hours throughout the summer in which the pool is open for season pass holders only.
The Piedmont Park farmer's market, known as the Green Market, takes place Saturdays starting in March continuing until mid-December. Not only can you purchase fresh produce and yummy prepared foods but you can also see a chef demonstration or take a cooking class or get tips on canning. There are lots of activities for the kids and holiday-themed happenings. You can find the farmer's market at the 12th Street entrance on the Piedmont side.
If suiting up in tennis whites is your kind of game, Atlanta's Piedmont Park has 12 lighted hard courts that are open year-round, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Sharon Lester Tennis Center is now run by the United Tennis Academy in cooperation with the Piedmont Tennis Association, and they host clinics and competitive play and give private instruction. The courts are located in northern center part of the park, closer to the Piedmont Avenue and 14th Street entrance.
Magnolia Hall is one of the events facilities located in Piedmont Park. Built in 1945, the 3,200-square foot building was originally a blacksmith's forge and corporate events, weddings and other celebrations are held there. Greystone is the other facility and is three times the size of Magnolia Hall.
Four-legged friends can free-range at the newly added dog park, which is located on the Virginia-Highlands side in between Amsterdam Avenue and the Botanical Gardens. Leashed dogs are welcome all days except the big festivals, like the Jazz Festival, the Dogwood Festival and the Arts Festival, Piedmont Park's trifecta of fests.