Small College Park has several claims to local fame: It's a lickety-split MARTA ride from the airport; it's home to Woodward Academy, the largest private school in the continental United States; and it boasts one of Georgia's largest historic districts, with more than 700 homes on the National Register of Historic Places. But its picturesque main street, which it shares with East Point, has been hit hard by the economy, so for now it's primarily an ITP bedroom community with a small-town feel. East Point residents have some charming and historic neighborhoods of their own, as well as a new generation of single professionals, working couples, and young families committed to bonding together by preserving their tree-lined streets, embracing diversity, fighting crime, maintaining their properties until the housing market improves, and having a good time in the process.
Cycle at Dick Lane Velodrome
Constructed in 1974, this open-year-round cycling venue is part of Sumner Park, a peaceful public park that includes a baseball field, tennis courts, rose garden, and a children's playground. Team and individual cyclists built for speed take advantage of the incline for personal bests or competitive races. For those not in it for the competition, a tamer (and flat) inner track is available to more modest bicyclists as well as runners and walkers.
Peruse East Point Farmers Market
From opening day in 2011, the community has embraced this new addition to its hungry neighborhood. Vendors include several familiar faces from intown markets, including Farm Mobile food truck, Dumpling Girl, Café Campesino, the King of Pops, and Red Queen Tarts. Located on the Commons in downtown East Point, the market runs on selected Saturdays.
Visit the Truly Living Well Center
This urban agricultural site is tucked so discreetly off Washington Road, some East Point residents don't even realize it's there. Stop by Wednesday and Fridays from about 2-6 p.m. for a small farmers market of organically grown vegetables, herbs, and fruits or sign up for the CSA program. You can also tour the patch of farmland and sign up to volunteer and till the soil yourself.
Win team trivia night at East Point Corner Tavern
Yeah, we've checked out that other trivia night down the road but we prefer the smooth question-popping skills and musical hints provided by host Noel, not to mention some strong drinks matched with tough competitors, including teams Lewinsky's and Big Daddy's Discount Meats. A good Tuesday night outing is usually guaranteed at this popular watering hole.
Skip Town Hall Meeting with Earnestine D. Pittman
Civic bedlam and blood boiling doesn't get much more intense than this. Attend only if you enjoying watching disgruntled citizens fight amongst themselves and confront a leader who exited one unruly gathering saying, "I don't answer to you. I don't answer to hooligans. I don't answer to disrespect ... Madam Mayor is gone."
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