The No. 5 spot went to Lawrenceville.
“The Lawrenceville Lawn greenspace is a popular gathering spot that hosts a variety of concerts and other events, including a free summer yoga series, the city’s Fourth of July celebration and a Touch-A-Truck event. During the pandemic, many events include safety and social-distancing measures,” Mary Caldwell wrote for the AJC in October.
Coming in fourth was Alpharetta.
“Known as Alpharetta City Center, the redevelopment encompasses six city blocks south of Academy Street and east of South Main Street. Initial phases saw the rise of a new City Hall and a Fulton County library branch. That was followed by shops and restaurants, executive office spaces, residential apartments and homes, a garage (with free parking) and lots of green space,” AJC’s dining editor, Ligaya Figueras wrote.
Third place this year went to another Gwinnett County city: Duluth’s Town Green.
“The fountain in downtown Duluth is a central focal point for families to gather to enjoy the city’s outdoor amphitheater, Town Green, Taylor Park and City Hall areas,” Karen Huppertz wrote for the AJC in October. The city now plans to build outdoor seating around the fountain to give residents more options for socially distanced activities.
Decatur Square came in second this year. Site of the AJC Decatur Book Festival in nonpandemic years, it has recently been the location for peaceful social protests. The Confederate monument that was controversial for years was removed from the square in June, just a month after a marker honoring lynching victims was installed.
The 2020 winner of metro Atlanta’s best town square retains its title from last year. The Marietta Square received 38.9% of the votes to finish first this year.
At the center of the square is Glover Park, where you can have a picnic or catch a concert. And the square is “brimming with history,” its website states. The Great Locomotive Chase of the Civil War started here, militia trained in the park and the area was used as a military hospital.
With many indoor activities canceled, exploring either your town square or those nearby can be a fun and safer activity.