Address: 102 Ollie St NW, at Lena St.
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Parking: small parking lot directly adjacent to playground
Age Range: all ages
Ground Cover: packed rubber mulch on play structure area, swings are under wood mulch
Features: large new playground featuring several slides, unique climbing structures, one person see saw, climbing dome, standing turnabout, separate baby swings (2), separate big kid swings (6), balance beam, large rock wall, smaller rock wall leading to play structure
Surrounding Park Area: natatorium, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, large amounts of greenspace and large trees
Shade: playground is not shaded
Seating: benches surrounding
Stroller/Wheelchair Access: yes
Safety: No issues. I love that the mulch under the swings is wood (it’s a little safer, in my opinion).
Cons: Dark rubber packed mulch makes everything ten degrees hotter on super sunny days
Overall Assessment: This park is truly a hidden treasure that is located in the metropolitan area. According to Friends of Washington Park
“One of the focal points of the Washington Park historic neighborhood is the recreational park. The land for the park was donated by the early 20th century African American developer Heman Perry. The park started with a gift of six and a half acres and expanded to 25 acres when completed in 1928. It originally included a swimming pool, dancehall, pavilions, and tennis courts.
This historic park has been referenced in the writings of many notable Atlantans over the years as a social center for swimming, tennis, dancing, and gathering. Today, Washington Park is home to one of only 5 city of Atlanta natatoriums and a state-of-the-art tennis center. Washington Park is bordered by the proposed Beltline, which has prompted development in the surrounding Washington Park Neighborhood.