Why Parks Matter and Why Olmsted’s Work is Still Relevant Today?

Register for the Picnic in the Park!

The 2nd Annual Picnic in the Park is Sunday, September 23 – 4:00 – 7:00 pm. There will be fun games, a cake walk, volley ball tournaments and more.  In order to make sure we have enough food and beverages, registration is required.  

Click here.

Azalea Plant Sale This Weekend!

List of available plants


Rhodos 2018 Sale

Native Azalea

Volunteer Opportunity – DHCA Tour of Homes

The DHCA Tour of Homes need docents for the tour – Friday, April 20 – 22.

Register here



Celebrate Arbor Day February 17

Although National Arbor Day is April 27, Georgia celebrates trees on February 17.  This is Why Arbor Day is a Thing.    Read about the history of Arbor Day and why trees are so important for our planet.

Trees Atlanta has some wonderful activities lined up for the week. Check it out.

Atlanta Audubon Society and Greening Youth

The Atlanta Audubon Society and Greening Youth (  are teaming up to work in Deepdene on Friday, February 16. They will be taking out invasive plant material and replacing it with native plants.

Thank you AAS and Greening Youth!!

Native Azalea Plant Sale 10/14

The American Rhododendron Society is hosting a native azalea plant sale Saturday, October 14 – 9:30 am – 4:00 pm in the Shadyside segment of the Olmsted Linear Park.  

Creating Memories

Creating Memories

By: Patsy Garrett

“Whenever my nephew Aiden comes to visit me ‘in the city’, I like to take him to different museums and parks in the Atlanta area. Last weekend, after exploring the Decatur planetarium, I asked Aiden ‘Would you like to take a look at my FAVORITE tree in Atlanta?’, and with a big grin on his face he said, ‘YES!’ I took him to see the big, beautiful tree in Olmsted Linear Park, and he immediately fell in love with it…giving the tree a big hug! I can’t describe how touched I was to see this little boy understand the importance of nature at its finest, and since that day, when I talk to him on the phone, he asks – ‘How’s the big tree!?’ Puts a smile on my face every time! Thank you Olmsted Linear Park for this unforgettable memory!”


Improving Health Through Public Parks and Trails

The National Park Service (NPS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to identify eight measures that can be used to link parks and trails to public health goals. The attached “Improving Public Health through Public Parks and Trails: Eight Common Measures” report and talking points are the result. 

The first three measures may be particularly useful in documenting infrastructure needs for Safe Routes to Parks programs and tracking the U.S. Community Preventive Service Task Force’s Community Guide finding that access to parks and trails combined with improved walk/bike routes can increase physical activity.

Read more: Parks, Trails and Health Workbook



Copperhead Sightings in Deepdene

Several visitors have reported copperhead snake sightings. Please use caution when walking the trails and pathways. 

Decatur Living Article

Check out the latest Decatur Living Article featuring the Olmsted Linear Park.

Olmsted Linear Park Receives National Recognition

Beyond the High Line: 8 linear parks that have transformed cities –

Atlanta’s Green spaces To Join the “Old Growth Network” –

Atlanta’s Old Growth Forest Gain National Recognition –

Wilderness Is Closer Than You Think – Sierra Magazine, May-June 2017

Construction in Deepdene

The Vale in the west end of Deepdene will be closed Monday, June 19 – June 30, 2017, while DeKalb County conducts repairs to the waterfall rock area and trails. The closure of this area will allow the work, which is in a very active area of the park, to be completed uninterrupted, expeditiously and safely.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to keep our park beautiful and safe for all to enjoy. We appreciate your support! If you have any concerns or questions, please call 404-377-5361 or send an inquiry to

Walk Druid Hills

Walk Druid Hills meets the second Saturday of each month to explore our neighborhood and meet our neighbors. Bring a water bottle and bring a friend. Check for upcoming walks.

This Saturday, April 8, 9 AM

Join Walk Druid Hills as they wind along Springdale, Oxford and Oakdale Roads using the by-walks and enjoying the lovely spring blooms.  Our route will take us past some of the homes that will be on the Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens two weeks later.

They will gather at the corner of Oxford Rd and The By Way at 9 a.m. on Saturday April 8th.  Park on Oxford, Oakdale or Springdale near The By Way.  This walk includes uneven walkways and some areas with no sidewalks.  

Bright yellow blooms bring a promise of spring!

Volunteer Work Day – March 25

We need help clearing out invasive plant material in Deepdene. Join us on Saturday, March at 8:30 am in the Deepdene Mead.  Bring gloves and a water bottle. There will be a brief orientation with coffee and pastries.  Sign up here.