Exploring Atlanta: Old Fourth Ward Splash Pad

Recently Jill’s brother, sil (sister-in-law) and 3 young children came to town for a fun summer visit. As you all probably know, Atlanta is not at a shortage for fun activities for kids of all ages, but in our search to find things we’d all enjoy and haven’t done before, we discovered the fabulous Old Fourth Ward Splash Pad!


If you’re not already familiar with Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward Park, here’s a bit about this fantastic local amenity:

Historic 4th Ward Park was one of the first redevelopment projects undertaken by the Atlanta Beltline, Inc. The park connects directly to the future 22-mile Beltline loop and has become a catalyst for additional redevelopment and reinvestment within the surrounding community. The brownfield sites were transformed from a barren contaminated site near Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthplace into a vision for sustainable redevelopment. The area was redeveloped into civic open spaces complete with open lawns, flowing walkways and a city greensward, a splash pad and playground, a recirculating stream, wildflower meadows, a multi-purpose recreation field and Atlanta’s first skate park. In addition to all of the amenities, the park also demonstrates the value of sustainable, collaborative design, and positive social, environmental and economic impact it can have on a community.

At Old Fourth Ward Park there are tons of family-friendly surfaces, benches, and pergola shaded areas. Not to mention restrooms conveniently located near the play park and splash pad – a necessity when enjoying the park with little ones!
The ground cover was also well thought out – someone certainly considered wet kids running over to the playground area barefoot and had a super soft, cool surface material installed. So smart! The splash pad really had something available for all ages and abilities to enjoy the water, and when we were there, there had to have been a half-dozen birthday parties taking place – brilliant!

A few tips – bring your own towels and maybe a camping chair and/or picnic blanket, as the benches fill up quickly. Consider bringing your wagon for hauling kids and supplies, since there’s a bit of a walk from parking to the splash pad and playground. GO EARLY! Parking and features fill up quickly.

We hope you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy this fun splash pad before summer comes to an end – and please let us know about your favorite Atlanta activities for little ones, we’re always looking for great ideas for when family comes to town!