A larger splash pad. This popular feature was always crowded on hot days; now it is nearly twice the size of the former splash area, with lots of room for parents and caregivers to sit. Additionally, the entrance to the garden has been re-routed so that visitors can tour it without having to walk throught he water feature.
Some things didn't change. Old favorites like the flower growth chart, where so many families have marked the growth of their children, remains but in a new location. The pond and waterfall will be virtually unchanged, though the carnivorous plant bog will be larger. And the gnome grotto stays the same, so families can look forward to visiting those little guys this summer.
What to look for in the next phase set to be complete by late summer/early fall: More places for active outdoor play. Look for a new tree-house area with climbing nets, a climbing wall and slides as well as some fun bridges to play on.
The Garden, located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, is open from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.Wednesday through Sunday. (the Children's Garden closes at dusk). $21.95 adults, $15.95 children 3-12, free to children under three and Garden members. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabg.org