Taking your rugrats to the local playground to run off steam is as important as, well, fresh air. But sometimes that same old tire swing can get a bit tired (for you and them). Break your kids out of a playground rut with a visit to one of the new playgrounds along the Atlanta BeltLine. Here is our play-by-play of the latest additions to Atlanta’s playground scene that are well worth loading them up in the car.

D.H. Staunton
Find It: 1052 Martin St. SE, Atlanta, Ga

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Why it’s awesome
It’s the first ever energy-neutral park in Atlanta. Solar panels at the entrance put eco-friendly power back into the grid. Plus, it’s located on a reclaimed landfill, so it’s earning extra eco-points.

What it’s got
Slides and climbing structures for both toddlers and big kids, swings, musical toys, picnic benches, a bathroom and a seasonal splash pad. Especially cool is the natural playscape with mulch mounds and fake rocks to climb on.

Don’t miss
The splash pad, open May 1 to October 1 from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

Inside scoop
Peoplestown residents are proud of the new park — and invested in its success. When the new buildings were vandalized during construction, the neighborhood association organized a volunteer watch to make sure it didn’t happen again. This community cares.

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Historic Fourth Ward
Find It: 680 Dallas St., Atlanta, Ga

Why it’s awesome
This is not your grandma’s playground. It’s got equipment you’ve never seen, like a horizontal spider’s web rope climbing structure and disc-shaped swings. The ultra-modern look of the equipment gives the playground a space-age feel.

What it’s got
Rock walls, swings, slides, merry-go-round, monkey bars, splash pad, bathrooms, amphitheater and a lake.

Don’t miss
The lake. The fenced path around the perimeter makes for a nice stroll when your kids are done splashing, swinging and climbing. And if your preschooler wants to run ahead, let him — he can run all the way around the lake without ever getting out of your sight.

Inside scoop
The landscaping includes all native plants. Bonus? None of the plants in the park are poisonous to toddlers. Don’t ask how we know.

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Perkerson
Find It: 770 Deckner Ave. SW, Atlanta, Ga

Why it’s awesome
With 50 acres that include several trails through old-growth woods and a creek, Perkerson can give you and your kids the nature fix you’ve been missing in the city. It’s also home to Atlanta’s only permanent in town frisbee golf course.

What it’s got
The playground is basic, with several climbing structures, slides, swings for both babies and big kids, and — of course — a splash pad. The real attraction, though, is the size of the surrounding park with its mature trees, walking paths and a creek.

Don’t miss
The walking trails with bridges over the creek. Bring your baby carrier for the littlest ones; this is not a path for strollers.

Inside scoop
The disc golf course was built entirely by volunteers from the Atlanta Disc Golf Organization.

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Visited these playgrounds yet? Where is your favorite playground in Atlanta?

–Lisa Baker

All playground photos courtesy of Anne Mitchell. Perkerson Park photo courtesy of Atlanta BeltLine via Flickr.