Address: 591 Magnolia St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30314
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Parking: on street parking along Magnolia
Age Range: toddler and up (there are no swings for babies to sit)
Ground Cover: packed rubber mulch
Features: New playground featuring a couple of slides, rocks walls, monkey bars, a twisted climbing bar, a standing accelerator. Also has a music wall and a 4 person bouncy see saw.
Surrounding Park Area: There is a large open space where your kids can kick the ball or run around. It is especially nice if you have one kid running in the green space and one kid playing – you can see both areas.
Shade: a few trees provide a little bit of shade, but the playground is open to the sun
Seating: several benches surrounding the playground. The area also has large steps (maybe you could call them a terrace) that you can sit on as well.
Stroller/Wheelchair Access: Yes
Safety: No particular safety concerns. I did not feel unsafe in this neighborhood at all.
Cons: There is nothing to do really for an older baby or young toddler besides crawl around on the grass. No swings.
Overall Assessment: Wonderful playground! The neighborhood of Vine City is one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods and this wonderful playground will hopefully bring the community together. Granted, when I visited there was not a single other person there, but maybe it’s not always like that. There are a couple of interesting aspects about this playground I have read about. In order to to limit excessive flooding, the park incorporates an infiltration system and two underground stormwater storage chambers structures. The park also integrates terraces to maximize usable space, which are accentuated by concrete and granite-faced walls. There are some wonderful murals painted on the walls. The playground is clean and fresh.
Interesting information: In the midst of the NFL strike last year, Atlanta Falcons owner, Arthur Blank, and about 150 of his employees, worked last May (2011) to help build this new playground. The Arthur Blank Youth Foundation also gave $25,000 to help fund this park.