Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is located in Midtown, north of the city center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Benjamin Franklin Walker originally owned the land, but he sold it in for use as the site of the 1887 Piedmont Exposition (during which, incidentally, the first commercial showing of a motion picture in the U.S. was made). Joseph Forsyth Johnson designed Piedmont Park for the exposition.

Piedmont Park, more than any of the other Atlanta parks, is the focal point of Atlanta’s lively Midtown community. Piedmont Park is home and host to various annual celebrations, events and Atlanta attractions, including the Atlanta Pride Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Screen on the Green (a summer classic film series aired in the park for locals) and more. The Georgia Shakespeare Festival added an annual series of free performances in 2004 called "Shake on the Lake", featuring Lake Clara Meer as a backdrop.