Piedmont Park Atlanta is a 189-acre urban park located 1 mile northeast of Downtown Atlanta between the Midtown and Virginia Highland neighborhoods.  Piedmont Park Atlanta is one of the largest free parks which is used by millions each year for festivals, concerts and picnics just to name a few.  Piedmont Park Atlanta features walking/jogging trails, tennis, baseball/softball fields, swimming pools, dog park, 2 ponds, a playground and amazing views of Midtown Atlanta.  Continue reading to find out the best attractions and activities in Piedmont Park Atlanta.

Piedmont Park Conservancy

Historic Piedmont Park has so much potential on its own…with its granite staircases dating back to the late 1800s, lush green landscapes designed for leisure and recreation, and the amenities of Midtown, which stretch just beyond the Park’s custom designed iron gates.

But, the Conservancy has worked tirelessly to restore and maintain three unique and remarkable venues to embellish Piedmont Park, and we would like nothing more than to share them with you.

Magnolia Hall and Lawn, Dockside and Greystone offer picturesque settings for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties, along with a busy array of corporate meetings, and charitable events.

No matter the occasion, Piedmont Park Conservancy has the venue for you, and our Facility Rentals staff is eager to meet with you and show you what we have to offer.

Outdoor Activities

Piedmont Park Atlanta hosts several miles of paved paths suitable for walking, running, biking, and inline skating. Skate Escape across from the park at the 12th Street entrance rents both bikes and skates.  On weekend afternoons, skateboarders and inline skaters often share the open, paved area inside the 12th Street entrance.

Piedmont Park has picnic shelters located just to the East of the north soccer field. There are also various picnic tables and benches throughout the park. Many visitors choose to picnic on the expansive lawns as well. The first grill in Piedmont Park was erected for the 1895 Cotton States Exposition where the administrative offices now sit. There are 22 grills throughout the park. No portable grills are allowed.

The Noguchi “Playscape” is located near the 12th Street Gate. The geometrically shaped, modernist playground includes a soaring swing set, slide, sand pit, climbing dome and more made of bright and exciting colors.  Also in the park is a new playground known as Mayor’s Grove. It was designed as a Boundless Playgrounds and features a high level of accessibility and interactive play.

Mayor’s Grove is the newer of two playgrounds in Piedmont Park. It was designed as a Boundless playground and features a high level of accessibility and interactive play


Piedmont Park Atlanta is a popular place for organized sports. The Sharon E. Lester Tennis Center at Piedmont Park is a fully staffed, public facility with 12 lighted hard courts, offering leagues, lessons, and supplies.

The Active Oval has two softball fields, two soccer fields, and two beach volleyball courts, all ringed by a dirt running path. Kickball leagues also use the softball fields.


The lake is located in the south east part of the park. Fishing is permitted in the lake, which is stocked with large mouth bass, crappie, bream, and catfish.  Clara Meer Dock is located at the west corner of the lake. Just above the Dock sits the historic Visitor Center building. Clara Meer Dock forms an amphitheater-like space nestled into the western end of the lake. Clara Meer Dock is often used for wedding ceremonies. Rental of the dock also includes the Visitor’s Center.

Pets and Dog Park

With the exception of some festival weekends and special events, dogs are permitted in Piedmont Park, on leashes 6 feet or shorter for safety reasons. Owners must clean up after their dogs, and the park has a half-dozen plastic bag dispensing stations to facilitate this. Several of the park’s water fountains also have a ground-level basin for dogs to use.

Just north of the Park Road entrance bridge are two fenced-in Dog Parks where friendly dogs (and their owners) can cavort with each other off-leash. Brand new, vastly expanded parks for small and large dogs.

Special Events

Piedmont Park Atlanta is a central focal point of Atlanta’s Midtown community. The park is home to various annual celebrations and events, including Atlanta Pride Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Music Midtown, and Festival Peachtree Latino just to name a few. A summer series of classic films, Screen on the Green, is also aired in the park for local residents.

Park Tavern

Park Tavern, the Piedmont Room and Piedmont Garden Tent facilities have had the
honor of hosting several large fundraising events, annual festivals such as
Oyster-Crawfish Festival and Lucky Day, and concerts featuring musical talents
such as Bon Jovi, Collective Soul and
Maroon 5.

Be sure to add Piedmont Park Atlanta to your list of things to do in Atlanta.