Nestled away in a lavish and welcoming community, Chastain Park is an awesome experience for the whole family. Sitting on 268 acres, this is the city’s largest park and a bucolic getaway from it all. Five acres is dedicated to a fully loaded children’s playground. The wooden obstacle course features a jungle gym, three slides, two infant/toddler swings, four kids’ swings and much more. While the park boasts an abundance of trees, the playground is mostly in the open air, so children should wear hats and sunscreen. For the hot months ahead, parents will be glad when they’ve brought along plenty of cool water to drink. This playground suits children of all ages; even my 1-year-old son enjoyed the exploring he could do in so much open space in this playground. My only safety concern for young children is the rocky edge bordering the playground. Children also like to climb on boulders near the rocky border. I frequent this park and during my visits I have enjoyed great conversations with many families, and I’ve made new friends here.
Parking is very close to the playground. One of the best things about this playground are its wider surroundings, and the fact there’s a nearby grassy field for such things as picnics. Chastain Park also has an amphitheater, gym, arts center, tennis center, golf course and pool. Joggers and parents with strollers enjoy the sidewalk around the golf course’s perimeter.
The playground is located at the intersection of West Wieuca Road and Dudley Lane in northwest Atlanta. From I-285, exit at Roswell Road South. Take a right onto West Wieuca. The playground is on the right, across from the baseball fields and gym. From in town, heading north on Peachtree Street, branch left onto Roswell Road, turn left onto Powers Ferry, then take a right onto West Wieuca. The playground is on the left. For more information: chastainpark.org
– Alika Turner