Walkers, runners and dogs filled Chastain Park's trails Friday morning, a disconnect from the coronavirus pandemic's grim tidings.
The wonderful old North Fulton Golf is open to the public, giving non-golfers hillside views, Nancy Creek pathways and the beauty of sand traps, greens and fairways.
Some who have discovered the WPA-era course are calling for the land to be converted into a general-use park. If the property remains devoted to golf, perhaps it could be open to the general public one day a week, as is the custom with the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.
Old oaks and magnolias beneath a perfect blue sky illuminated how the shutdown has helped the environment. That's good news for climate change; if the world has shown such healing in a month, a longer pause could bring significant emissions reductions. But that would require huge public spending to overcome the severe economic disruptions.
Trump and his GOP followers want to rush back to the "normal" economy. As the shutdown continues, the world could begin analyzing which parts of the pre-pandemic economy should be saved and which jettisoned.
But Trump, in his latest assault on environmental regulations, is slashing mercury-emissions regulations, a boon to the outmoded coal industry. Trump is also aiding the oil and gas business, as the pandemic shows the need to boost "clean" industries.
Social distancing was the rule at Chastain Park, although a couple of joggers hurried past inside of the sweat-spray boundary. A few trail users wore face masks, but most were content with the open air.
With Georgia not expected to reach its Corvid-19 peak until June, I wondered how many of those at the park would be infected and die, including myself. On a gorgeous Friday morning, the threat seemed far away.