Could Atlanta officials make changes to local parks?

The Piedmont Park Conservancy and Chastain Park Conservancy are popular outdoor venues in Atlanta, and a recent report could lead to new improvements at these locales. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) ranked Atlanta's parks No. 26 among 40 cities nationwide. Local officials could devote extra time and effort to making these facilities more comfortable to city residents and those looking at homes for sale in Atlanta.

The news source notes that Atlanta earned two "park benches" out of a possible five in the scoring. Mary Dodson, one of the founders of Chastain Park, noted the city needs to make improvements in terms of their parks' per capita.

"It is a problem," Dodson told the news outlet. "Those of us who are involved in parks and are passionate about parks, we know there is an economic benefit to parks."

The region's parks offer plenty of chances to enjoy the great outdoors. Locals can take advantage of the outdoor setting at Piedmont Park by checking out the Memorial Day festivities, hosting weddings or simply enjoying a picnic. Meanwhile, Chastain Park delivers a unique opportunity, as it features an annual Fourth of July parade and a spring/fall music series.

Mayor Kasim Reed has set a goal to add 1,300 acres of green space on the Beltline, a 22-mile loop that will surround the city by 2030, the news source notes. New outdoor recreational facilities and improvements to existing parks may help make Atlanta an attractive place for all residents.