Address: 1845 Harper Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30318
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Parking: Small parking lot at the end of Ridgeway Avenue and Harper Way, plus on-street on Harper
Age Range: all ages
Ground Cover: some areas with wood mulch, some areas with packed rubber mulch
Features: This is a large play area with a ton of things to do for kids of all ages. If you park in the parking lot, two of the play areas are kind of in a step down fashion, and then the third one is to the right of the lower play area, next to the tennis courts.
First, let me address the older kids play area. This play area is an exact replica of Candler Park Playground (except that it is more well maintained and prettier). It is wooden and has triple racing slides, several climbing walls and fireman pole, a twisty slide, an imaginative area at the top and underneath the structure, triple row monkey rings, and a rope wall. On this same level is a triple climbing tunnel (separate from the structure).
Next, if you go down a few steps, you get to the toddler play area. This is a smaller version of the larger structure for the older kids. Also wooden, this structure has a slide, a wobbly bridge, a steering wheel, some hanging bars, and a rope wall. There are also three bouncy dinosaurs and a standing three person bouncing thing.
Finally, if you look toward the tennis courts you see more swings, a separate tire swing, and a hexagonal climber. I would guess it’s maybe 12’.
There are also separate baby swings (2) and separate big kid swings (2).
Surrounding Park Area: A very pretty park with some paved trails, tennis courts, basketball court, pavilions, picnic tables
Shade: considerable shade over most of the play equipment.
Seating: lots of benches and lots of picnic tables
Stroller/Wheelchair Access: yes, paved trail leading to play area,; however, it may be difficult to get to all three areas in a wheelchair due to the fact that the different play areas are on different levels
Safety: No safety concerns about any of the play equipment. Since the playground is wooden, I would be extra careful of splinters.
Cons: The play areas are pretty spread out. If you have a kid on the hexagonal climber, there is no way you could watch a child on the other play areas. Also, the levels are steep and the whole play area is on an incline. There are lots of places your kid (who may or may not be a runner) can escape and you wouldn’t know.
Overall Assessment: I love this design and I am a sucker for wooden playgrounds. There are lots of trees in the area and it’s nice to have some shade, especially on those hot, summer days. The playground is tucked away off the main street and you can hardly hear any street noise. I could see that this is probably a popular playground, but when I was there, which was a wonderfully sunny day in September, there were zero (ZERO) children playing. So, come, enjoy this wonderful playground. There is a ton of stuff to do!