Across Atlanta, 10 surprising facets of outdoor recreation

July 19,2018

Source: Josh Green, Curbed Atlanta

Beneath its verdant canopy, the City of Atlanta counts nearly 400 parks under its purview, ranging from the iconic meadows of Piedmont Park to where-is-that obscurity.

The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation maintains more than 5,000 acres of greenspace—a lot to keep up with. And fertile ground for juicy trivia.

For this Play Week 2018 installment, we tapped the brains of parks and rec officials to dig up interesting—and hopefully useful—recreation-related facts that most Atlantans might not know.

Have a gander:

Woodruff Park’s famous “ATL” was a Canadian’s brainchild.

Beloved by anyone with Atlanta pride, the alphabetical playground icon (pictured above) at the north end of Woodruff Park is the work of designer Jeff Santos of Coquitlam, British Columbia, whose concept won an international design competition in 2010.