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Woodruff Park


Woodruff Park
91 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Yoga in Woodruff Park (free)

Wednesdays at 6:00pm (May-Jul 2015)
Join Central Atlanta Progress and Nicole from Yoga with Friends for free yoga in Woodruff Park. It will be an all-levels class, and it’s open to everyone (including first-timers). You’ll just need a mat or towel and water.

Soccer in Woodruff Park (free)

Thursdays at 11:30am – 1:30pm (Jun 24-Jul 23, 2015)
Join Soccer in the Streets, MLS Atlanta and Central Atlanta Progress for Soccer in Woodruff Park. Soccer fans can spend their lunch breaks dribbling downfield with peers and former pros at Woodruff Park. Cost: Free for all to attend; RSVP to

Each year, more than 5 million people use Woodruff Park. The park’s programs bring an additional 100 people Downtown each week, while special events add 10,000 Downtown visitors annually. In the early 1970s, the park was originally known as Central City Park, and was created through a generous donation from Robert W. Woodruff, former president of The Coca-Cola Company.

Today, through a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) maintains stewardship of Woodruff Park. ADID is responsible for the park’s daily upkeep and programming, as well as implementing and securing funding for future development. The six-acre park comprises two fountains, an open-air Reading Room, a pavilion, sculptures, an ENERGI fitness station, a speaker’s corner, a chess court and custom playground.

The park’s open-air Reading Room provides a place for park-goers to sit and relax while taking in the sights and sounds of Downtown. The Reading Room also offers a wide range of books, magazines, newspapers and games available on loan.

Each year Woodruff Park plays host to a wide range of festivals, special events and performances, and its central location makes it a key starting point for exploring Downtown Atlanta and its surrounding neighborhoods. Programs Include:

  The Daffodil Project
  Annual German Bierfest
  Dragon*Con Parade
  Art performances from Pop-Up Art, gloATL and others
  Poetry readings and street performances

Park Attendants patrol the grounds from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department and Georgia State University Police force. Additionally, the Downtown Clean Team maintains a clean and vibrant park.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 11:00am-5pm (Apr-Oct)
The Reading Room will close in bad weather and for special events.

The Woodruff Park Reading Room is an open-air reading room in northern portion of Woodruff Park. In partnership with the Atanta-Fulton Public Library, carts are stocked with a selection of books, periodicals and newspapers, with readings and programs at lunchtime. Movable furniture creates an intimate environment. The programming, publications, and environment of the Reading Room are available to everyone for free, without any need of cards or identification.  We are fortunate to receive donations of the periodicals, books, and newspapers that fill the shelves of the Reading Room. To donate, please review our donation guidelines below and contact Wilma Sothern at or 404-658-5910.

The Reading Room is pleased to accept donated books that are appealing, clean and in good to excellent condition. We are interested in hardcover books of these types: recent best sellers, fiction and non-fiction; books about Atlanta; mysteries; science fiction; biographies; history; current science; crafts, home repair/decorating; cooking; health and exercise; art/music; indoor and outdoor gardening; and children’s books in excellent condition.

We are unable to use and do not accept: encyclopedias more than 5 years old; hardcover fiction more than 10 years old unless the authors are still popular; textbooks of any kind; discards from any library; Reader’s Digest condensed books; magazines. The library also does not accept any books that are written in or highlighted, with missing or torn pages or covers, damaged in any other way, or that have been stored in a damp, musty environment.

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