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Best parks in Atlanta

Dog Run
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“Dog park with astroturf, heated area, TV's, full bar, food truck, and more. Great for large dogs to play. Close to Krog Street Market and Oakland Cemetery.”
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“Hurt Park is a small park in downtown Atlanta in the triangle between Edgewood Avenue, Courtland Street, and Gilmer Street. It is named after banker, real estate, and streetcar developer Joel Hurt. When Hurt Park opened in 1940 it was the first public park in downtown Atlanta since the 1860s and represented one of the great achievements of Mayor William B. Hartsfield's first administration. The park was part of a 1937–1942 "transformation of [the city's] aging Municipal Auditorium and the surrounding area into a civic center that befitted Atlanta's rising status as a convention center". The park and its fountain were funded in part by the Woodruff Foundation and were designed by the noted landscape architect William C. Pauley. The park was one of downtown Atlanta's principal attractions during the 1940s and 1950s. The park contains the "Fountain of Light", which used to light the water in different patterns and colors: An electric fountain with seventy-eight bulbs from one hundred watts to fifteen hundred. It plays for twenty minutes at a time, giving numerous changes of pattern and color before it repeats its rainbow symphony. It was built at a cost of seventeen hundred dollars, and designed by Atlanta sculptor Julian Harris and presented to the city through the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Foundation. The fountain is still present in the park, but without the light show. The park is included as one of the stops for the Atlanta Streetcar, which became operational around late 2014.”
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Plaza
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Plaza
“Pemberton Place® is a center of activity in Downtown Atlanta with two of the world's most unique attractions located within its 22 acres. The World of Coca-Cola® offers an engaging and interactive look at what has made Coke® the world's most famous sparkling beverage. A thrilling 4-D movie experience, sampling of over 60 different beverages made by The Coca-Cola Company from around the world and a chance to meet the 7' tall Coca-Cola® Polar Bear are all part of a memorable visit to this one of a kind attraction. Neighboring the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium is the world's largest with more than eight million gallons of water and more aquatic life than any other aquarium and The Center for Civil & Human Rights. Pemberton Place provides five acres of lush green space as a welcome oasis for Downtown visitors. In order to minimize the impact on the environment, "cool" landscaping features such as light-colored paving and vegetated grounds are used to reduce the urban heat island effect that contributes to smog and ozone and increased energy costs. Other environmentally friendly design elements include an irrigation system that uses 40% less water than conventional outdoor watering systems and the use of various drought-tolerant plants to conserve water. Pemberton Place is the hub of excitement and discovery in Downtown Atlanta, where being "green" can be fun”
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“Best described as an urban adventure in sustainable gardening- this community garden was a hill covered in kudzu just a few years back. Today it consists of 19 private plots and has donated over 1610 pounds of vegetables from its Plant-a-Row-For-The-Hungry program. It's a nice little place to wonder around and explore, plus the ATL police horses live just down the street.”
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“Breakbread and feed the fishes. Large pond with Catfish the size of a baby dolphin, coi, frogs, and other wildlife”
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Sculpture Garden
“Originally designed and created as part of the Public Spaces Program of the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA), Folk Art Park was the Georgia Department of Transportation’s first public art project. Reclaiming several leftover portions of two cement highway bridges above Downtown’s north-south interstate connector, the park embodies the mission of CODA’s Public Spaces Program, which was to create public settings commemorating the heritage of the city and surrounding region while aesthetically enhancing the urban environment. The installation is concentrated at the intersections of Piedmont Avenue and Baker Street and Courtland Street and Ralph McGill Boulevard. The park features the work of notable regional folk artists, including Eddie Owens Martin, R.A. Miller, James Harold Jennings, Vollis Simpson, Archie Byron and Howard Finster.”
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“One of the cities best urban gardens. Daily farmer's market in the afternoon, all harvested right on that farm. Great views too. ”
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Playground
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“This small downtown plaza features shade trees & a circular seating area around an obelisk.”
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