We had more ACTIVE (dues-paying, volunteering) members in 2018 than in past years. Let’s keep the momentum going as we enter 2019- and seek Parks Department support for our efforts. Go here to join or renew your membership.
On that note-Betty has been Chair of the Friends of Peachtree Hills Park for a long time and am sure that one of you would love to assume this role or other leadership positions (Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraiser, Event Planner, etc.). So- please let Betty know how you’d like to increase your involvement in 2019! And as always- thanks for all you do for your park!
From Betty: Last newsletter, I asked what park improvements you’d like to see in 2019. In addition to previous suggestions (replace the bridge from the parking lot; create a 1/4 mile walking trail; repaint the mural on the tennis court backstop; add to/replace the 15 year old playground) you said: install a splash pad, create a dog run west of sports field, and plant trees. Except for the mural and trees, whatever we do will cost much more than what’s in our account. We’ve successfully fundraised before (grants, donations) and can do it again if there is sufficient passion for the project. Since the City owns the park, there is a lengthy approval and permitting process and folks who want the improvement will have to manage that and help with fundraising. (I’ve done both several times and will offer guidance).
Betty is leading a group on Thursday December 13 to weed the dry creek area near the tennis courts and add hundreds of pounds of rocks. She needs someone to help her load and deliver rocks to the park either the day before or morning of. If you have a strong back and are available, please use the Contact Us form down below and let her know.
Betty will be leading a group on Thursday December 13 to weed the dry creek area near the tennis courts and add hundreds of pounds of rocks. She needs someone to help load and deliver rocks to the park either the day before or morning of. If you have a strong back and are available, let Betty know.
This year we had volunteer projects almost every month to remove invasive plants, mulch the path behind the gym and of course the Leapharts picked up trash daily. Looking forward, in addition to volunteer projects, what park improvements would you like to see? Some suggestions: replace the narrow entrance bridge from the parking lot with a wider one; create a 1/4 mile walking trail; repaint the original mural on the tennis court backstop; add to/replace the 15 year old playground equipment. Except for the mural, whatever we choose will cost much more than what we have in our account, but we’ve successfully fundraised in the past (grants, donations) and can do it again. So- close your eyes- envision something new and wonderful in the park and let me know what you see!
Come hear the latest news on the Northeast Trail, which will run between the 10th Street/Monroe Drive intersection to the Lindbergh MARTA Station area. This meeting is your opportunity to meet the consultant team that will design the trail- and provide feedback that can inform the process. Details: Thursday November 8, 6:30-8:00 PM at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church 1824 Piedmont Ave. NE https://beltline.org/event/southeast-study-group-public-meeting-6-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/
On Thursday November 8, from 7:30 a.m. (yup- a.m.) until 9am, Park Pride is hosting it’s monthly park enthusiast meeting at the Peachtree Hills Recreation Center. Stop by (it’s OK if you’re a little late), enjoy coffee and doughnuts, meet park supporters from other parks and have a chance to talk to Atlanta Parks Department staff about our park.
Volunteers Were Amazing!
On Sunday October 7, volunteers from Butler Tobin Law firm, joined by other fine folks, spread wood chips on the trail behind the Recreation Center. See pics here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Friends-of-Peachtree-Hills-Park-1886263368265932/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2691120257780235
Over a year ago the Parks Department let the developer next to the park remove trees to make it easier and cheaper for them to install a storm water overflow pipe through the park. In addition to other requirements, the developer was to repave the parking lot and paint the Recreation Center. If you’ve visited the park lately, you know that hasn’t happened. Contact Parks Department architect Keith Hicks (404.546.6865, email@example.com) to find out when this will finally happen.