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Beautiful City

Beautiful City features the parks, paths, nature preserves and greenspace of metro Atlanta. The series aims to showcase Atlanta’s natural beauty and we hope Beautiful City will  inspire, educate, and provide options on where you can go to “get away from Atlanta, without ever leaving Atlanta.”

Beautiful City is made possible by a grant from The Kendeda Fund, and through a partnership with Park Pride, the only nonprofit working with communities in Atlanta and DeKalb to help them improve their parks.

Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta
Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Today, we’re off to Buckhead.

If you’re ever driving down Roswell Road toward Chastain Park, you’ll pass over a small stream called Nancy Creek. Right before then, across from Pike Nursery, it’s easy to drive past the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, a 25-acre haven for native wildlife.

Mary Claire Kelly. taken October 10, 2014

Beautiful City is WABE's series about places to go in Atlanta to get away from Atlanta.

Today we’re heading off to Kirkwood, an East Atlanta neighborhood in between Edgewood and Decatur.

Hidden here is a small patch of nature that, in a way, is just as manmade as the concrete jungle that surrounds it.

The Kirkwood Urban Forest is a combination meadow, community garden, and forest space that used to be something completely different.

Mary Claire Kelly

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Beautiful City: A Hidden Buckhead Park Under The Highway

Oct 1, 2014
Stephannie Stokes/WABE

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Today, we head to North Buckhead. Despite being one of the most affluent communities in Atlanta, it actually has less park space than any other neighborhood.

But its residents are working to change that -- by developing some of the hidden and unused spaces around them. WABE’s Stephannie Stokes has the story of one of these parks: the Mountain Way Common.

Beautiful City: Grandfather Beech at Bush Mountain Outdoor Activity Center.
Mary Claire Kelly / WABE

"Beautiful City" is WABE's series about places to get away from Atlanta without leaving the city.

Today we’re heading off to the urban forest of the Bush Mountain Outdoor Activity Center. The 40-year-old park, hidden in the middle of a Southwest Atlanta neighborhood, features two miles of trails, a large wooden playground, a cabin-like educational center, and a community garden that sits on the former practice lot of the Atlanta Black Crackers baseball team.

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