Features: Because the playground – more than 3,000 square feet – is tucked deep inside the park, traffic noise is filtered out. This is a unique space where having fun with your children is guaranteed. One area is designated for ages 2-5, and another for ages 5-12. Play equipment was selected partly to blend into the natural landscape.
Rock and rope climbing are popular. The area for younger children offers a vertical wall climber, panel climber, corkscrew climber, musical and activity panels, and three slides, including a tube slide and an open double slide. My 3-year-old son especially loves the climbers, but when he swings he is flying to the sky!
Older kids enjoy similar equipment to suit their sizes and abilities, including a zipper climber and net climber; they have four different slides to choose from, including a triple open slide and another in an L configuration. The swing set offers two toddler seats. Also available: park benches, picnic tables and shade trees.
Amenities: The 10-acre park features open lawns, a half-mile walking trail, a “wedding” gazebo, picnic pavilion, outdoor classroom, terraced/grassy amphitheater and fountain, plus drinking fountains. Restrooms provide changing stations. Trails can accommodate walkers, bikers and runners. Large green spaces allow for flying kites, playing soccer and other activities.
Directions: The park is at 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna; 770-431-2842. It is a quarter-mile south of Spring Road and just over one mile north of Paces Ferry Road. There is ample parking.
– Anthony Le. Special thanks: Steve Ciaccio, City of Smyrna Parks and Recreation