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LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

ATLANTA, Ga. – Often called the quintessential city park, Piedmont Park, has something for everyone. Situated in the middle of the city, this park offers fishing, playgrounds, swimming, tennis, skating and even movie viewings.

Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, the park is the destination for “ITP” residents or city dwellers, every weekend. The main green or The Meadow is the main area for congregation; dogs and their owners or groups of friends playing ball games, usually, use this area for their activities.

Grilling isn’t allowed in the park; however, there are designated areas for people who want to use them. Park goers can fish in Clara Meer, which was created for the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition; the lake is filled with many of the local common species. The park features basketball courts and tennis courts, also.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

BeltLine bike tour to take a ride on May 7

BeltLine bike tour to take a ride on May 7

ATLANTA, Ga. – The annual Beltline Bike Tour has been scheduled for May 7 and it will commence in front of the Historic Old Fourth Ward water tower.

These tours offer short, medium and full-length routes that are fit to suit all ages and cycling levels.

During the tour, cyclists will be educated about the Beltline and the 45 neighborhoods it’s connects. They will travel through parks, trails and a 22-mile nature preserve.

According to the BBT, “Touring the BeltLine by bike will give you a chance to interact and talk about these changes, get active, enjoy some sun and nature – just the way Georgians like it.  With your help, we will all envision the exponential developments (such as shopping, dining, and home sales) that will follow in the days ahead.”

Registration is open. Registering online saves $5 off the walk-up registration price. Full instructions for registering are provided here.

Atlanta Track Club Announces Course for the 2011 Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay

Atlanta Track Club Announces Course for the 2011 Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay

Atlanta – (submitted by the ATC) The Atlanta Track Club (ATC), organizer of the AJC Peachtree Road Race and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K, announced the course for the 2011 Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay which will take place on Sunday, October 30.  The challenging 26.2 mile loop course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station near Midtown Atlanta and takes participants on a tour of the city past well-known Atlanta sites such as Georgia Tech, CNN Center, Philips Arena, Georgia Aquarium, the State Capitol Building, Turner Field and The King Center as well as through several Atlanta neighborhoods including Castleberry Hill, Grant Park, Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Virginia-Highland, Morningside and Buckhead.  The four-person Atlanta Marathon Relay will be run on the same course as the Atlanta Marathon with each of the four legs ranging in distance from 5.5 miles to 8.4 miles.   

“Atlanta is a great city

New Director of Athletics for Atlanta Public Schools

Jeff Beggs was recently named the new Director of Athletics for the APS school district. He will be responsible for leadership of the interscholastic sports program, sports training and aiding in healthy competition throughout all grade levels.

Beggs has an extensive 31-year background as a system-level athletic director, a high school athletic director, head coach, assistant principal and teacher for a number of schools and school districts in the state.  Also, he currently serves as president of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA), where he is also a member of the GADA Board of Directors.

World Cup In Atlanta? Maybe.

Atlanta, GA – Mayor Kasim Reed and a delegation of sports enthusiasts and community leaders gathered with international and national soccer officials in New York City on Monday to support the United States’ bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The group was also there to promote Atlanta as one of the potential 18 host cities.  Joining the Mayor in New York were Gary Stokan, Atlanta World Cup organizing committee chairman, Frank Poe, Georgia World Congress Center executive director and Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons president. 

The U.S. Bid Committee hosted a reception in New York City to welcome the FIFA Inspection Delegation to the United States.  FIFA, the world soccer federation, visited New York City to examine America’s bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.  The United States is among 10 nations bidding for the World Cup.  The announcement is expected to come on Dec. 2, 2010.  If the U.S.