Piedmont Park – The “Central Park” of Atlanta

I love piedmont park. I really, really love Piedmont Park. I try and bike/walk/run through it whenever possible. I attend Screen on the Green, Improv in the Park, run the Nike 5k Challenge, play kickball, and even lead a team as the 1st place winners for a Field Day.

Things I’ve learned about Piedmont Park:

  • The Piedmont Exposition held the first commercial showing of a motion picture in the U.S.
  • In 1892, Piedmont Park was the location of the second football game in the South between Auburn University and the University of Georgia.
  • The Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895 attracted visitors from around the world to the future site of Piedmont Park
  • In 1904, the city bought the park on June 15th, and in 1912 the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted (landscape architect for Central Park in New York) John and Frederick, Jr. were asked to design a master plan for the park while they were at work on Grant Park. The 12th St entrance at the building on the west end of Lake Clara Meer, the entrance and pedestrian walkway at The Prado, the large oval, and other features are the design of the Olmsted Brothers.

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