Information on Chastain Park

Information on Chastain Park
Established in 1933 in Atlanta, Georgia, Chastain Park was originally called North Fulton Park. It was officially renamed Chastain Memorial Park after a member of the Fulton County Commission---Troy Chastain---in 1944. This large, historic park offers an abundance of activities for those pining to get outdoors without leaving the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Geography

Chastain Memorial Park, the largest public park in the city of Atlanta, covers 268 acres. The popular greenspace is located outside the city center and surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

Trails

A three-mile trail circles the park. Part of the PATH Foundation's network of local off-road trails, it is paved and popular with cyclists and rollerbladers, as well as walkers and joggers.

Swimming

From May through September an outdoor pool operated by the Chastain Park Athletic Club is open to the public. Free swimming is offered in the mornings but there is an entrance fee in the afternoons.

Tennis

The Chastain Tennis Center offers open play on its courts, first come, first served. The center is open year-round, hosts numerous tournaments and has an equipment shop.

Golf

The North Fulton Golf course in Chastain Park has 18 holes and is open to the public. Great views of the city skyline can be seen from its rolling fairways. Book tee times in advance at www.americangolf.com.

Warning

There is a popular summer concert series at Chastain Park Amphitheater featuring classical, rock and pop acts. Parking is scarce and at a premium on these evenings. If your plans are for non-concert activities, it's best to avoid the park altogether on days concerts take place.

Article Written By Blake Guthrie

Blake Guthrie's articles have been featured in a variety of publications, including the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" and "Creative Loafing." He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Auburn University.

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