SIX SWEET SPOTS FOR YOUR ALFRESCO FEAST
STORY: Jennifer Bradley Franklin
When the urge strikes to eat outdoors, you needn’t look far. Here are six favorite neighborhood spots, each with its own appeal.
1. CHASTAIN PARK
Spanning 268 acres, Chastain is Atlanta’s largest city park and has everything you need for a fun and fabulous outing, from jogging paths and tennis courts to a horse park and arts center. Picnic possibilities abound, too, including bring your own meals accompanied by tunes from acts such as Styx and Mary J. Blige at the multitude of outdoor concerts held at the Cadence Bank Amphitheater.
2. BLACKBURN PARK
This 51-acre recreation area bordered by Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody roads has an expansive covered pavilion for nearly 100 people, perfect if you prefer your picnic at a table in the shade. Alternatively, there’s a large open field next to the pavilion. On a beautiful weekend day, don’t be surprised if a bunch of your fellow Atlantans have the same idea.
3. LENOX PARK
This former golf course in Brookhaven feels hidden, tucked between Roxboro and North Druid Hills roads. Its manicured, rolling hills are a delightful place to enjoy a meal, and the paved paths around the lake are just right for walking off whatever caloric treats you may have packed.
4. LITTLE NANCY CREEK PARK
Earning its name, this petite green space on Peachtree Dunwoody Road clocks in at just shy of five acres. What it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. It features a thriving community garden, covered pavilion and playground, all beautifully maintained by the engaged neighbors who make up the Friends of Little Nancy Creek Park.
5. RIDGEVIEW PARK
You’d never guess that you’re adjacent to GA 400 when you’re picnicking at this lush Sandy Springs park, complete with a dog park, playground and tree-lined trail. If you prefer to cook something outdoors, you’re in luck: Ridgeview boasts barbecue grills for use on a first-come, first-served basis.
6. THE GREEN AT CITY SPRINGS
If you like a little musical accompaniment with your alfresco feasts, find a plot on the grass at this Sandy Springs spot and enjoy City Green Live, a lineup of free Friday-night concerts held throughout the summer. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, pack your favorite snacks (or buy something from the on-site vendors) and enjoy four acres of pristine outdoor space. Kids of all ages will love the interactive water features for cooling off as the temperature climbs.
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