Piedmont Park is a 189-acre (0.76 km sq) urban park in Atlanta
, located about 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Downtown, between the Midtown and Virginia Highland neighborhoods. Originally the land was owned by Dr. Benjamin Walker, who used it as his out-of-town gentleman's farm and residence.
The park was originally designed by Joseph Forsyth
Johnson to host the first of two major expositions held in the park in the late 19th century.The effort led to the addition of scenic paths in the park and the joining of the park with the Ansley park system.Throughout the 20th century, many improvements have been made in the park, including the addition of covered picnic areas, tennis facilities, the Lake Clara Meer dock and visitors center, and two playgrounds. In 2008, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for a 53-acre (210,000 m sq) extension to the park.
The park hosts several miles of paved paths suitable for walking, running, biking, and inline skating. Skate Escape across from the park at the 12th Street entrance rents both bikes and skates.On weekend afternoons, skateboarders and inline skaters often share the open, paved area inside the 12th Street entrance.Piedmont Park is a popular place for organized sports.Piedmont Park is a central focal point of Atlanta's Midtown community. The park is home to various annual celebrations and events.