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Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Playing is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact with the world around them.  The Playground is an important element of this play.  They’re a place where children and parents come together. These areas combine play with social interaction which leads to several different areas of development in children.




Here is a list of surrounding area parks of Atlanta:

Abernathy Greenway Playable Art Park
70 Abernathy Rd. NE, Sandy Springs – Voted Best Of Atlanta 2014! A new kind of playground for children of all ages — one filled with real art to play on, play with, or inspire imagination. Where kids can climb, swing and jump from real art structure. Including the DragonFly, Wonder Wall, and Spider Walk

Ashford Park
2980 Redding Rd. NE, Brookhaven – The recently renovated small park. What makes this park unique is the collaborative community collection of toys and bikes. Two new play structures, a seesaw, and a huge sandbox.

Brook Run Park
4770 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody – At 102-acres, the largest park in the region. The Children’s Adventure Garden has bright play structures with shades and separated for toddlers and older kids. A Dog Park and Skate Park are also available with a 2-mile trail loop. Something for everyone.

Candler Park
1500 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta – A 55-acre park which means tons of space for playing with a ball or bikes. Two play structures for both the younger and older kids. Swings, slides and walking distance to some great restaurants. It’s shady enough and the kids love to climb the steep, wooded hill from the playground up to the tennis courts.

Cauble Park
4425 Beach St., Acworth – The playground is right on Lake Acworth and is nature-themed. Free parking for non-residents Monday – Friday. Jungle gym and spider net are kids favorite.

Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave. West, Atlanta – Despite being right in the heart of the city, this park can feel worlds away. The playground itself is great for all ages and all abilities. Safe with soft rubber and filled with lots of multi-sensory elements. Add splashing in the fountains or walking through the water oasis, and you can make it a ffun-filled day.


Chastain Park Playground
135 W. Wieuca Rd. NW, Atlanta – Kids tend to love this playground as there is a treehouse. Slides for the entire family – yes parents can go down too! And even a music area.

Old Fourth Ward Park
680 Dallas St., Atlanta – The playground has many features that include climbing elements, slides, swings, rock walls and even a trampoline. Cool off in the splash pad and easily accessible bathrooms make this a kid and mom favorite.

Kidscape Village at Cobb Park
2776 Sanford Rd., Smyrna – This park has several colorful play structures for all ages, most with giant umbrellas for shade. There are shorter climbing walls for going up and over, and even a toddler play area with has smaller swings and slides. Lots of benches for parents to watch.

Mason Mill Park
1340 McConnell Dr. Decatur – Large open space playground that is easily accessible. Large Pirate Ship themed with ramps, climbing walls, three story high slides and a toddler play structure for the younger ones. Not a shaded park but the nearby building helps provide some. There is also a restroom and water fountain right there.

Morgan Falls Overlook Park
200 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs – A modern playground with lots of natural beauty. Two play structures for both younger and older kids, a large spider web, rock-climbing wall and lots of shade for sun protection.


Ocee Park Playground
10900 Buice Rd., Johns Creek – Brand new state of the art playground with two structures for play – one for children ages 2-5 and another for older kids. Everything was built with inclusive play in mind, such as the “Ten Spin” Merry-Go-Round, Swing seats the Avalanche slide.

Piedmont Park
400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta – Two great play areas and miles of jogging trails and a lake make this feel like a mini oasis. The Mayor’s Grove Playground is designed for kids with and without special needs. The area is next to the pool house for easy bathroom access. The Noguchi Playscape is next to the park’s 12th Street gate. Is a one of a kind play sculpture that looks like art but is a slide and more.

Swift-Cantrell Park Playground
3140 Old US Hwy. 41, Kennesaw – The park features two large playscapes: one for both older and younger kids and one just for younger kids. You can also find a Dog Park, picnic pavilions, a skatepark and even a wellness station.

Thrasher Park
93 Park Dr., Norcross – This is the park if your kid loves trains. They can climb all over the bright, red train play structure and watch real trains go by at the same time.


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