Monday, March 19, 2012

Yelp reviewer: 'Don't forget to not drive in Piedmont Park'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

It's a little bit strange that Piedmont Park has a Yelp page. As one reviewer put it, "It's a great big park ... Why are you reading reviews about it? Haven't you been to a park before?"

Still, lots of people — 161 of them — have used the page to share their experiences and helpful tips following visits to the park, tips like, "The roads that people are walking on are actually sidewalks and you can't drive your car on them." Very helpful!

This review was posted by "Justin R." of Nashville, Tenn. in February. Two people deemed it "useful," three said it was "funny," no one thought it was "cool" ...

Just so you know ... there is no driving in Piedmont Park. I guess you are wondering why I'm starting my review what that statement. Well, let me tell you a little story.

On a recent trip to Atlanta, my girlfriend and I had a few hours to kill before our flight left. So, we grabbed some lunch, and then headed over to the park to walk some of it off. Every park that I have ever been to, the set up it this. Travel to the park (either by car or bike). Park your said mode of transportation at the park. Enjoy the park. Simple right? Well not at Piedmont park.

When we arrived at the park, in a car, we saw an open gate and what we thought was a road. So, we did what any logical person would have done. We turned on this road, and headed in to find some parking. We drove around for a while and just could not find any spots. We kept thinking how strange it was that there were no parking spaces, or any other cars driving around. But, we kept driving.

Finally, we started getting dirty looks from the people that were walking around on this "road," and started getting worried. After a few more minutes of looking for a place to park, we realized that this "road" were were driving was in fact not a "road." It was in fact a very oversized sidewalk. Yes, we had been driving around on a sidewalk, in Piedmont, for ten minutes. And to think we were giving these people on this "road" dirty looks the whole time, wondering why they were all walking around in the middle of the road.

The moral of the story is that there is no parking in Piedmont Park. Unless you go to the parking garage and pay $10.

Good for honest, forthcoming Justin R. Had I done this, I'd go back to Nashville and forever deny I'd ever been to Atlanta, let alone Piedmont Park.

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