COOL FACTOR: This playground offers kids a chance to play while watching planes and helicopters take off and land! This park is a must try!
AGES: All ages can find something to enjoy.
BATHROOMS: Public restrooms are right near by
CONTAINMENT: The playground is fenced off from the runway and not immediately next to any busy streets.
EATING: You can pack your own. There are picnic tables, benches and a “hangar” shelter (several picnic tables), with a view of the runway. You can also head next door to the family-friendly Downwind Restaurant.
FUN FACTOR Entertainment! The kids watch planes and helicopters taking off and landing, while they play! The wooden playground is on the smaller side but it has a nice variety of items:- swings, a slide, a climbing wall and bars. There is also a viewing area with speakers playing the PDK Tower Frequency
SHADE: The playground area is NOT covered and the playground floor is made from recycled airplane tires, so it can heat up fast. It’s definitely a good idea to plan around the hottest times of the day.
PARENT VIEW: It’s a pretty simple set-up. Caregivers can relax on one of several benches and easily view the playground.
SAFETY: The fences keep the kids away from any runway danger. You may want to factor in the louder noises, for little ones with very sensitive ears.
SEATING: Plenty of seating on picnic benches, the viewing area, picnic tables and a grassy area (for a blanket or a game of ball).
The PDK Park was dedicated in Honor of “Doc” Manget– Captain Henry “Doc” Manget, Jr. was a true patriot, war hero, and an outstanding leader in both his military and civilian careers.
AIRPORT HISTORY: The airport originally began during early World War II as Naval Air Station Atlanta, now located in Marietta on the south side of Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The property was part of Camp Gordon, a World War I era training camp. Leased from the county by the U.S. Navy, it was converted from military to civilian use from 1957 to 1959. The former barracks located there during the war became classrooms in late 1948 for Southern Technical Institute, a new engineering technology school created by Georgia Tech for former soldiers. Like NAS Atlanta, that school moved around 1958 to land donated by Dobbins, and is now known as Southern Polytechnic State University.
AIRPORT FACILITIES: The airport still has 765 acres, with over 100 hangars and several hundred aircraft based there. It is the second-busiest airport in Georgia behind Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the number of flight operations per year (around 250,000), and helps to relieve ATL of smaller-airplane traffic. It also has a helipad, used by helicopters for metro Atlanta’s four major news TV stations (WSB-TV 2, WAGA-TV 5, WXIA-TV 11, WGCL-TV 46) as the base for electronic news gathering from the air. A control tower was built in 1988, and stands at 130 feet or 40 meters tall. The main runway (20L) is 6000 feet or 1829 meters long.
LOCATION: 2000 Airport Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341 – Just Follow the signs for the Playground