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Westside Park plus Grove Park and Proctor Creek Greenway

The Basics:
Event Type:Urban Hike
Event Location: Westside Park - Atlanta   Urban Hike: Westside Park plus Grove Park and Proctor Creek Greenway  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, May 14 2023  9:00 am >> Sun, May 14 2023 11:00 am
Registration Opens: Wed, May 10 2023 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, May 14 2023 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Laurie M
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.

Covering 280 acres, Westside Park is the largest greenspace in Atlanta. The former Bellwood Quarry now contains a 2.4 billion gallon reservoir that can supply 30 days of emergency drinking water to the city. Featuring an overlook with beautiful views of the skyline and the reservoir, this thoughtfully designed park is a pleasure to walk through.
We will explore all areas of the Westside Park as well as head south to loop through Grove Park and walk a bit on the Proctor Creek Greenway. I have walked through Westside Park and Grove Park but have not walked on the Greenway, so that will be the exploratory part of this event.
There will be limited shade on this hike, so sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended. Also, we will be walking on hard surfaces for almost all of the hike, so wear your cushiest shoes. This hike will be pretty flat, but there are a couple of nice hills.
Up to 3 well behaved, friendly dogs are welcome on this hike. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
There are bathrooms and water fountains at the entrance to the park. Parking is free.
We will be starting the hike on time, so please arrive at least 10 minutes early to use the bathroom and/or meet the group.
We will meet near the bathrooms under the large phoenix sculpture.

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:
1600 Johnson Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 - Make sure you have NW in the address, not NE.
There are two entrances to Westside Park on Johnson Road. Make sure you use the above address and come in Entrance 2 where you drive under the awesome dinosaur ribcage sculpture. If you don’t drive under that, you are at the wrong parking lot.
Coordinates: 33.785350, -84.441930
Directions from I-75:
Take exit 252 onto Howell Mill Road.
Go west on Howell Mill Rd NW for 0.5 miles, then turn right onto Chattahoochee Ave NW.
After 0.6 miles, turn left onto Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW.
After 0.5 miles, take a slight right turn onto Elaine Ave NW.
After 0.2 miles, turn left onto Marietta Blvd NW, and then in 0.3 miles, turn right onto W Marietta St NW.
After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Johnson Rd NW. 
Westside Park Entrance 2 will be on your left in about 0.4 miles. You will pass Entrance 1, but don't turn in there. Continue to Entrance 2 a little farther down the road.
We will meet near the bathrooms under the large phoenix sculpture.

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