Tanyard Creek Park
Collier Road and Walthall Drive, Atlanta
Features: If you want to experience a piece of Atlanta history while enjoying the great outdoors, Tanyard Creek Park is the place for you and your family. The park entrance to this Civil War landmark looks like a collection of historical markers; however, there is much more than meets the eye here. As we strolled down the large paved beltway trail, we saw plenty of walkers, joggers, dog walkers, and bike riders. We certainly didn’t feel like we were in the middle of the city! My boys eagerly ran ahead as we took in the gorgeous scenery of the winding creek, sprawling green spaces, bridges and trees which led to an inviting playground nestled in the middle of the park.
The playground boasts two sections – one for toddlers and one for children ages 5-12. The playground for the younger set has baby swings, ride-on toysand a large wooden play structure with slides, a bridge, and several places for curious toddlers to explore. The playground for older children houses a huge “spider web” for ambitious climbers, along with its own play structure that features slides, monkey bars, and a challenging rock-climbing wall. For extra enjoyment, my boys also played an impromptu game of “hide and seek” behind the many towering trees surrounding the playground, which provide plenty of shade during warmer months. There is no shortage of activities at this picturesque park. It’s a hidden treasure!
Amenities: Whether you want to spread a blanket on the plush grass or sit at the picnic tables and benches to enjoy a snack while watching your children, this playground can accommodate your needs. However, there are no water fountains or restrooms, so plan ahead for that!
Directions: Collier Road at Walthall Drive in Collier Hills neighborhood, Atlanta (Fulton County). Head Southwest on Peachtree Rd. NW. Turn right onto Collier Road NW. Turn left onto Walthall Drive NW. The park is on the left.
– Felicia Barman