Parks

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AT­LANTA BELTLINE— The Beltline was born from a grad­u­ate the­sis that en­vi­sioned trans­form­ing 22 miles of de­cay­ing rail­road lines into a ring of mul­tiuse trails and pub­lic tran­sit. To­day, only a few sec­tions of the mas­sive project are open to the pub­lic. Stroll, run, bike or blade the pop­u­lar East­side Trail, stopping on the way to view pub­lic art in­stal­la­tions. Down­load app or check web­site to find ad­di­tional ac­cess points. www.beltline.org. CEN­TEN­NIAL OLYMPIC PARK— This 21-acre park is a legacy to the At­lanta-hosted 1996 Olympic Games. Dur­ing the sum­mer, you’ll find kids splash­ing in the Foun­tain of Rings and fam­i­lies pic­nick­ing on the ex­pan­sive lawns. Grab a bite at Googie Burger, a lo­cal fa­vorite and the only restau­rant on park grounds. www.cen­ten­ni­al­park.com. 265 Luckie St., Down­town, 404.222.7275. Map3/H4 PIED­MONT PARK— Con­sid­ered At­lanta’s Cen­tral Park, the 182-acre park is pop­u­lar with jog­gers, bi­cy­clists and rollerbladers, and hosts fes­ti­vals and events nearly ev­ery week­end dur­ing warmweather months. The park also of­fers ten­nis courts, play­grounds, ath­letic fields and a dog park. www. pied­mont­park.org. Pied­mont Av­enue (be­tween 10th St. and West­min­ster Drive), Mid­town, 404.875.7275. Map3/C7 SWEETWATER CREEK STATE PARK— This wild get­away of­fers five camp­sites, two fish­ing docks, 10 yurts, eight pic­nic shel­ters, a wide va­ri­ety of trails and a 215-acre lake, among other ameni­ties. Water sport rentals are avail­able sea­son­ally. Open daily 7 am-dark. Park­ing: $5. www.gas­tateparks. org. 1750 Mount Ver­non Road, Lithia Springs, 770.732.5871. Map1/D4

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