Perkerson Park turned out to be my favorite park that I visited. The park is absolutely huge, and has many things to do. The park is very fully encapsulated by surrounding neighborhoods, which I assume is where most of the visitors come from. The full frisbee golf course, multiple softball fields, outstanding playgrounds, useful recreation buildings, nice utilities, and beautiful scenery all make this park worth the visit. While D.H. Stanton had a great feel to it, Perkerson does as well, but with a better feeling of nature and scenery. Plentiful trees and the beautiful stream make it a very woodsy park. On the day I visited, the park was mostly empty. However, it was easy for me to imagine the families and groups of people that most likely come and visit this park, and use it for various activities. I believe parks like this one make a great addition to the connectivity and innovation that the Beltline hopes to accelerate, and that they are very beneficial additions to neighborhoods and cities. Some of downtown Atlanta’s parks are less than appealing, and tend to either be underused, under kept, bland, or all of the above. Perkerson Park, however, proves how a city park should be. A city is a city, and that means the environment has very little trees, nature, water, etc. A park’s job is to create an appealing environment for citizens to enjoy, as well as provide a location for people to partake in activities that there may be no space for in the city. Perkerson Park perfectly defines this kind of park, and that’s why it belongs on the trail of the Beltline.
The video above shows a short clip of one of the most prominent sounds I experienced at Perkerson Park.
These images show the stream itself, and an example of one of the multiple bridges placed throughout the park that allow park visitors and frisbee golf players to cross over the stream.
I have always loved the sight and sound of running streams, and this park brought me back to my childhood some. Both the immense amount of trees and the stream brought a very nature-oriented feel to this park.
D.H. Stanton Park is one of the nicest parks I have ever stepped foot in.
The facilities, atmosphere, appearance, and location of this park make it extremely appealing. Whether you want an open field to kick a soccer ball around, a softball field to play kickball in, grills to have a cookout, playgrounds for your kids to play on, a track for you to run, or just a place to casually hangout with friends, this park provides it all. I sounded a little bit like an infomercial there, but it’s true! It is quite refreshing to see a park that is not just a patch of grass and some seats/sculptures, which from my experience, is the standard of a “park” in Atlanta.
On a Friday afternoon, the park was nearly completely empty. It was extremely peaceful, beautiful, and impressive to me. I found the location of the park convenient for the neighborhoods it was close to, considering it had three separate walking entrances. In regards to this, I found it difficult to find somewhere to park. This might be an intentional decision to the designer, and if it were, I see why. The entire park embodies the ideas of being active and healthy. Driving there would kind of defeat the point wouldn’t it?
The facilities present in this park along with the atmosphere it brings reminded me exactly of the social and cultural expectations of a project like the Beltline. This park has the potential to bring all sorts of people together, doing all sorts of activities: and that’s exactly what the Beltline does daily. I truly loved this park, and I think I would enjoy going back on a busier day with some friends and/or family.
The above videos show the sounds and sights of the park more effectively than pictures can. The first one I began to record when a family of four showed up and began to play on the playground with their two small daughters. Previously, the only people I had come in contact with were a lady and her dog, and a man on his bicycle riding through. It was nice to see a family actually taking advantage of the facilities this park brings.