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BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

City of Atlanta

City pools open on Memorial Day at 11:00 a.m. Daily rates are $4 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. Facilities include:

Grant Park is located at 25 Park Avenue in Atlanta.

Powell Park is located at 1690 M.L. King Drive in Atlanta.

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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.

Registration for DeKalb County Senior Olympic Games EXTENDED to Friday 4/22

Registration for DeKalb County Senior Olympic Games EXTENDED to Friday 4/22

Dekalb County, GA --  Per Jackie Swain, registration for the Dekalb Senior Olympic Games has been extended to Friday, April 22.

The DeKalb County Senior Olympic Games is open to the public.  DeKalb residents, as well residents from surrounding counties, are encouraged to participate. Applications are available online at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/park or at all DeKalb County recreation centers, libraries and select senior centers. 

Participants will compete in a variety of sports, including free-throw basketball, bowling, golf, horseshoes, track and field, billiards, swimming, tennis and water volleyball.  Other sports and activities available include dominoes, a line dancing competition, talent show, Wii bowling and a health expo. Participants are encouraged to compete as a team or enter individual events for friendly competition.

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs holding Spring Break Day Camp April 4 - 8

Decatur, GA--  DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will hold Spring Break Day Camps April 4 - 8, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at all 12 recreation centers. Spring Break Day Camp is the hot spot for kids during the spring break. To embark on the total spring break camp experience, look no further than your local recreation center!

Spring Break Day Camp is a camp for ages 5 -12 and will be held Monday through Friday at a charge of $5 per day. Please make all payments payable by cashiers check or money order to the recreation center of your choice. Participants must provide their own lunch and snack.

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Now is the best time to register for the City of Atlanta’s summer camp; Camp Best Friends

Now is the best time to register for the City of Atlanta’s summer camp; Camp Best Friends

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by the City of Atlanta) 

The summer months are just a few weeks away, and the school year is coming to a close.  Now is the best time to register for the City of Atlanta’s summer camp.  Registration for Camp Best Friends is open for youth ages 5 to 16.  There will be four specialty camps including one residential camp, 12 day camps, and two teen camps.  The regular camp season starts May 31st and runs through July 22.  The extended camp will be available from July 25th through August 5th at four locations.

“Camp Best Friends is celebrating 30 years of service to the metro Atlanta youth and families,” said Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs George Dusenbury.   "There are plenty of spots available as we continue to honor Mayor Reed's commitment to youth development in the City of Atlanta.” 

The summer program will provide a variety of fun and age-appropriate activities including field trips, sports, special events, arts and crafts, nutrition, physical fitness, and games under the supervision of trained staff. 

The Camp Best Friends location sites for ages 5-16 are: