DUNWOODY, Ga. — When Covid-19 gives you social distancing, make a picnic.
That’s the message Dunwoody wants to send to its citizens by making outdoor dining accessible and attractive through its Painted Picnic Table Tour in support of Dunwoody Arts & Culture Month.
Through the city’s app or a printable map on the city’s website, residents can explore the 25 tables that have been painted by non-profit groups and artists and placed in various locations around the city.
“We started the Painted Picnic Table project to help restaurants meet social distancing requirements and protect against COVID-19,” Dunwoody Economic Development Director Michael Starling said in a statement. “But the tables are doing even more than that by showcasing our community’s nonprofits and bringing creativity to outdoor spaces.”
Melanie Clark, who along with several others, painted a table representing Pebble Tossers, a nonprofit founded in 2008 by Dunwoody residents Jen Guynn and Jeni Stephens to connect volunteers to charities around the Atlanta area.
“The table reflects the 13 causes that Pebble Tossers promotes,” Clark said. “I reached out to several different groups of friends, and we turned it into three girl’s night-out events on Tuesdays. It was a great time and it was a good way for people to meet each other.”
Clark said it was not only a bonding opportunity for the painters, but it also brought awareness to Pebble Tossers (pebbletossers.org). The table that Clark and her friends painted is outside Los Hermanos in the Shops of Dunwoody.
The City of Dunwoody app, available for iPhones or Android, contains an interactive list that helps users find the nearest painted picnic tables by using the phone's GPS coordinates. A printable map is also available at dunwoodyga.gov/picnictable.
Tables are located across the city, including around Perimeter Mall, Crema Express at the corner of Jett Ferry and Mt. Vernon Roads, and the Chevron/NFA Burger restaurant near the Fresh Market.
According to the city, residents and visitors who take and share photos with the painted picnic tables will be eligible to receive a limited-edition T-shirt.
Dunwoody’s Painted Picnic Table Project began in June with a donation of picnic tables, primer, brushes and buckets by Home Depot. Billy Kramer of NFA Burgers, Beth Vandenberghe, and Dunwody Ace Hardware also contributed supplies.