Address: 2305 Bankhead Hwy. Nw Atlanta, GA 30318
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Parking: parking lot
Age Range: all ages
Ground Cover: wood mulch for the playground; cement for the splashpad
Features: Two areas of this playground:
- The play structure: several slides, wobbly bridge, monkey bars, metal zip line, tic tac toe walls, and half rainbow climber; two big kid swings are adjacent to the area
- The splashpad: all jets come from the ground or benches. Several of the jets create a liquid tunnel to run through, there are liquid jets and misters. Jets shoot varying levels.
Surrounding Park Area: Large park with a shaded (wow!) basketball court, tennis courts, baseball diamond, greenspace. Bathrooms onsite.
Shade: There is a small shaded pavilion between the splashpad and the playground. The playground does get some shade, particularly in the late afternoon.
Seating: wall surrounding the area where parents can sit. The pavilion is between the splashpad and playground.
Stroller/Wheelchair Access: Yes
Safety: The cement surrounding the splashpad can get hot. I would be careful walking barefoot from the pavilion to the splashpad. The splashpad ground cover is nothing but cement, so if you fall, it’s going to hurt.
Cons: It seemed to me that there was some trash on the splashpad and it was getting in the way of the jets. My son had a good time removing the leaves and trash from the jets so they would work. I did some research and did find that in June 2011, the splashpad was not working because of debris getting into the jets, so perhaps this is a problem. I could only find one article about it, but it was there.
Overall Assessment: Love the splashpad! Technically, this is called the Donald Lee Hollowell Memorial Water Park. There is tons of information about him and his achievements surrounding the splashpad, which is very cool, I’m totally for a little history mixed in with my play! In case you were wondering, he was a civil rights attorney and activist. He was the guy that sued the University of Georgia, resulting in the admission of the first two African-American students at UGA. Pretty cool, huh? I like that all the water comes from the ground instead of all of this big plastic equipment everywhere. It makes it more visually appealing in my eyes. This particular splashpad was the first splashpad built in Atlanta (after Centennial Olympic Park).
The playground is nothing special, but it works and gets the job done. One thing I was really in awe about this park was the shaded basketball court. What a great idea!!