Green Space Spotlight: Henderson Park

Atlanta has a lot of parks, but have you ever gone to an inner city park and found it to be crowded? I know I have. Of course, it’s great that there are people in these parks, and even better that you want to be one of them, but sometimes a more peaceful and under-the-radar park is the way to go.

If you live in Tucker, GA, then you may have heard of Henderson Park. It is probably one of the most scenic parks in the Atlanta area that I have ever been to, particularly around this time of year. First of all, the park is 114 acres, so there really is no risk of it becoming crowded. Then of course it has soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and picnic areas–but my favorite parts of this park are its lake and trails.

I have personally visited Henderson a few times with my friend’s family and I don’t believe I have ever run into another person while walking around the trail. The experience of walking past beautiful plants and lovely miniature waterfalls is simply breathtaking, and because the park is such a quiet place, it is a very peaceful experience also.

I know no one wants to think about it or talk about it, but the picnic areas here are perfect for doing homework. I bet I sound crazy, right? Saying that you should go to a public place for some peace and quiet. I’m actually really serious, though. We have all had those days where we are trying to work but someone at home is doing the dishes or talking on the phone, or playing loud music. Trust me, Henderson Park is a great place to go for peace and quiet, and when you finish your homework it is a great place to pass the time.

Maybe call up a friend and go have a picnic together, or go for a jog. Skip rocks on the lake, take your dog out, or just get a breath of fresh air and relax. Whatever the reason, Henderson offers you that “you” time that everyone needs now and then, without the cost of the movies or hassle of a crowd.


OnAir says: Parks are the best places to get a breath of fresh air. So keep the air fresher by getting there without gas–walk, skate, or ride your bike!

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