Ali Shiraef

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Category: BED 2 Artifacts

D.H. Stanton Park (BED 2)

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.

D.H. Stanton Park (BED 2, Artifact 7)

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.

D.H. Stanton Park (BED 2, Artifact 6)

dsc_0125 dsc_0124 dsc_0123 dsc_0122 dsc_0121 dsc_0120The softball field at D.H. Stanton was extremely cool to me. It reminded me so much of memories I have as a kid playing kickball with my family. The field lacked any fencing besides the small section behind home plate, and it lacked any bases besides home. The dirt and the grass looked like they had barely been touched. What shocked me the most was the incredibly nice dugouts and watchtower! That thing is two stories tall with a concession stand. This recreational field for a family-oriented park is better designed than most of the soccer fields I played club soccer on growing up. I found the existence of a field like this, along with a track for walking and running, to be successful attempts at promoting healthier lifestyles to the neighborhoods nearby.

D.H. Stanton Park (BED 2, Artifact 5)

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I believed that the little aspects of this park created a great contribution to its atmosphere. The beautiful, colorful sculpture pictured above, the curving rail tunnel along the sidewalk, and shiny, metallic infrastructure pieces that made the lamps and the benches look nice and clean: these seemingly small things contributed greatly to the park. They made the park not just a place for a recreation, but a place to admire for its beauty.

D.H. Stanton Park (BED 2, Artifact 4)

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One thing I found interesting about this park was the amount of grills and seating space. There were multiple grills, picnic tables, trash cans, and rooftops. The existence of these objects gave the park more of a big family feel, like a park for big events and cookouts. I have a large family, and this park made me think of the times my family took me to big parks to celebrate holidays like New Years and the 4th of July. Something I was particularly impressed by were the chess/checkers tables!

D.H. Stanton Park (BED 2, Artifact 3)

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The playground at D.H. Stanton was nothing less than impressive. I would have loved a place like this as a kid, especially if it were as close to my neighborhood as it is to the neighborhood I parked in. There were numerous swings, riding toys, monkey bars, slides, and those really cool pipeline speakers that let you talk through one and hear it through the other. The playground seemed friendly to all ages, especially considering how later in my trip a family of four with very small children came and played.

D.H. Stanton Park (BED 2, Artifact 2)

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The structure of D.H. Stanton Park was surprising to me, considering how urban the area is around it. The park consisted of multiple playgrounds, multiple eating areas, a walking/biking path, a recreational softball field, a completely constructed bathroom facility, and a humungous open field. The park was almost entirely clean, and completely developed. I personally loved the feel of this park. It was welcoming, peaceful, and stunningly beautiful. Granted, it was a gorgeous day, but I felt that the park was very pleasing to the eye.

D.H. Stanton Park (BED 2, Artifact 1)

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As I explored D.H. Stanton Park, one of the Beltline’s many parks, my favorite part was this dog that I encountered. This pup and his/her owner were minding their own business on a leisurely walk through the park. It’s an entirely dog friendly park, with doggy bag stations placed throughout. I absolutely adore dogs, and any attractions in the city that make it easier for people to have dogs around are something I am absolutely supportive of. (Notice the adorable bark in the attached clip above)

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