Address: 400 Merritts Ave. NE
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Parking: parking lot along Merritts; you could also park along Hunt
Age Range: toddler and up
Ground Cover: wood mulch
Features: Two things:
- Climbing structure – this older metal climbing structure gives the illusion of being shaped like a ship
- Swings – 4 big kid swings
Surrounding Park Area: baseball diamond, tennis courts, football field, recreation center, greenspace, and some walking trails.
Shade: A little bit surrounding the playground. The climbing structure is pretty much in the sun, though.
Seating: Not in the old playground area.
Stroller/Wheelchair Access: It’s wood mulch, not the greatest in accessibility, but it will do.
Safety: No qualms here.
Cons: Not a lot to do in this older section of playground. No baby swings.
Overall Assessment: Call me old school, but I love this climber. Think of all the pretend play you can do with that climber shaped like a ship, or a rocket, or whatever you want. Grab some sticks and sail away. I think it’s cool. We seem to have moved away from this sort of thing in the playground world, but I love it. It’s boring, it’s metal, but pure joy. Plus, if you need a more traditional (or newer) playground, literally 50 yards away is the new playground at Central Park.
I had never been to this playground, but did you know that Music Midtown was held here in the early 2000s? I was around in Atlanta during that time, but I don’t’ remember that. Interesting, huh?
Piedmont Park may have great views of Midtown, but the view here of downtown cannot be beat. You are so close to the Bank of America building. It makes me love living in the city – you are in a little oasis or greenspace and look up and see huge buildings. It’s surreal.