Chastain Park

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Chastain Park, Atlanta

Chastain Memorial Park, most commonly called Chastain Park, is the largest city park in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a 268-acre (1.08 km2) park located near the northern edge of the city. Included in the park are jogging paths, playgrounds, tennis courts, a golf course, swimming pool, horse park, and amphitheater.

Chastain Park is also a neighborhood on the west side of the park (across Powers Ferry Road to the west). The neighborhood is bordered by the city of Sandy Springs on the north, and by the Atlanta neighborhoods of Mt. Paran/Northside on the west across Northside Drive and Tuxedo Park on the south. It is part of NPU A. The population is 2,398[1] (2010)[2]

The wedge-shaped park is bounded on the east side by Lake Forrest Drive, on the west-southwest side by Powers Ferry Road, and on the north-northwest end by West Wieuca Road. It is bisected in the middle by Nancy Creek, flowing from east to west. It is surrounded by forested neighborhoods of the Buckhead region of the city, and is located northwest of the original Buckhead Village and the uptown Lenox area.

The park is named for Troy Green Chastain, a member of the Fulton County Commission from 1938 to 1942.


The outdoor amphitheater operates only during the summer months. While during most years there are shows between April and October, the majority fall between the end of May and early September. The two main promoters of concerts are the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Live Nation. The capacity is approximately 6900, with the vast majority of tickets being reserved seating. There is also limited general admission lawn seating at the very back of the amphitheater and at stage right. Only a small number of seats are covered. For all but a few shows a season, tables are set up in the pit and lower part of the orchestra section. Tables seat six, and all six tickets must be purchased together. Those who do not purchase table seats are allowed to bring in tray-sized tables. Also for the table setup shows, food and drinks, including alcohol, are allowed to be brought in for consumption. Elaborate setups with nice food, tablecloths, and candles are common. However, there are a small number of shows each season with a "rock" setup. Here there are no tables or carry-ins. Instead of tables in the pit, only rows of chairs are set up. Parking is limited and traffic can be heavy on nights when the show is sold out.

The Amphitheater was once the venue for "Theatre Under the Stars", a summer season of Broadway musicals and/or comedies which always featured a well-known actor as its star. [3] In 1968, after moving into the then-new Atlanta Civic Center, "Theatre Under the Stars" became "Theatre Of the Stars". In the 1980s, "Theatre Of the Stars" moved into the Fox Theatre, and in 2013, the project announced that it was finally closing after sixty years. [4]


PATH Foundation began constructing a trail in Chastain Park in 1994, which has since expanded to a three-mile trail around Chastain Park and North Fulton Golf Course. PATH estimates an average of 250 people use the trail each hour, and is developing a second loop in the northern area of the park to meet demand.


A pool is also located within Chastain Park. It is a city pool, meaning it is open to the public most of the time, but nonmembers have to pay to get in, and there are some times when only members can swim. The Chastain Park Athletic Club swim-team practices at this pool.


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Coordinates: 33°52′36″N 84°23′46″W / 33.876772°N 84.396157°W / 33.876772; -84.396157