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Piedmont Park in Atlanta by Mike Downey

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May 23, 2010
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May 23, 2010
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Piedmont Park in Atlanta in a beautiful sunny day

Piedmont Park is a 189-acre (0.76 km2) urban park in Atlanta, Georgia, located in Midtown, north of the city center. Originally the land was owned by Dr. Benjamin Walker, who used it as his out-of-town gentleman's farm and residence. He sold the land in 1887 to the Gentlemen's Driving Club (later renamed the Piedmont Driving Club), who wanted to establish an exclusive club and racing ground for horse enthusiasts. The Driving Club entered an agreement with the Piedmont Exposition Company, headed by prominent Atlantan Charles A. Collier, to use the land for fairs and expositions and later gave the park its name.

The park was originally designed by Joseph Forsyth Johnson to host the first of two major expositions held in the park in the late 19th century. The Piedmont Exposition opened in October 1887 to great fanfare. The event was a success and set the stage for the World's Fair which was held in the park seven years later in 1895. Both exhibitions showcased the prosperity of the region that had occurred during and after the Reconstruction period. In the early 20th century, a redesign plan called the Olmsted plan, was begun by the sons of New York Central Park architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. The effort led to the addition of scenic paths in the park and the joining of the park with the Ansley park system.

Over the years, the park has also served as an athletic center for the city. Atlanta's first professional baseball team, the Atlanta Crackers, played in the park from 1902 to 1904. Several important intercollegiate rivalries were also forged in the park including the University of Georgia vs. Georgia Tech baseball rivalry and Georgia versus Auburn football which has been called the "Deep South's Oldest Rivalry".

Throughout the 20th century, many other improvements have been made in the park including the addition of covered picnic areas, tennis facilities, the Lake Clara Meer dock and visitors center, and two playgrounds. Today, the park is a popular place for gathering, grilling, swimming, fishing, playing and more. In 2008, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for a 53-acre (210,000 m2) extension to the park and complete renovation of the bathhouse and swimming pool. The renovated pool opened in summer of 2009, while the expansion will take much longer.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 598 megapixels (42904 x 13948 pixels)
Input images: 250 (25 columns by 10 rows)
Field of view: 60.5 degrees wide by 19.7 degrees high (top=14.7, bottom=-4.9)
Settings:
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera model: NIKON D5000
Image size: 4288x2848 (12.2 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-05-23 12:42:38 - 2010-05-23 12:52:02
Aperture: f/10
Exposure time: 0.008
ISO: unknown
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 300.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 61.2 to 65.1 percent
Vertical overlap: 54.2 to 71.2 percent
Computer stats: 3996.82 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 40:08 (9.6 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 8:07, Projection: 5:29, Blending: 26:32
(Preview finished in 18:57)

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