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Local parks offer respite from daily grind
by Savannah Borders
August 20, 2014 02:58 PM | 2450 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rebekah Murphy
Rebekah Murphy
Denise Miller
Denise Miller
The Sandy Springs and Buckhead communities are full of lively events hosted by the local parks, including the Chastain Park Fourth of July Parade and the Sandy Springs Festival held at Heritage Green in the fall, but residents also make use of these spaces on their own.

Rebekah Murphy, the director of development and special events at Heritage Sandy Springs, the nonprofit that runs the park, said people organize their own workout classes and groups there.

“We do have some workout groups that run and do and boot camp activities and such here in the afternoons, not organized by us but independent,” Murphy said. “The park is four acres total. The trails down within Heritage Green, down in the meadow by the original spring, are sort of short, but we have a lot of people who will walk dogs, and we do have a gazebo that people will use for yoga.

“We have a full calendar of programs and events, so I think that a lot of people become aware of the park because of that.”

The festival will be held Sept. 20 and 21. Murphy said the history of the park, where the original spring from which the city derived its name is located, is an important factor that draws people to the park.

“A lot of people will come and take some contemplative time, and enjoy sitting there by the spring,” said Murphy.

Chastain Park, which is used for Northside Youth Organization sports as well as many other organized groups and events, also draws those individuals looking for a greenspace in Atlanta.

Denise Miller, who works for Beacham and Co., goes to Chastain to run about four days a week. She said the location is key. Miller lives nearby on King Road.

“I can walk here from my house, so that’s what makes it ideal,” she said. “The other place that I’ll go, because I like to hike, is the Chattahoochee [River] trails, over off of Indian Trail [in Sandy Springs]. This is also great. You get out and see people, and again I can walk from my house and as you know it is unusual to be able to walk somewhere and not get in the car, and that’s what I love about it.”

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