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Ribbon Cutting and Proclamation

At 8 AM on Saturday, September 16, Collier Heights neighbors and friends were on hand for a ribbon cutting at the Jennie Drake. The ribbon cutting signaled the opening of the new trail in the park.  After the ribbon was cut, everyone celebrated by taking a walk on the trail.

In her remarks, District 9 Councilmember Felicia Moore acknowledged the role that the late Jennie Drake played in taking the initial steps to make it possible for the four acres of wooded lots on Waterford Road to become a park.  CM Moore surprised the group, when she presented a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council to Pauline Drake, daughter of Mrs. Drake and current chair of the Friends of Jennie Drake Park steering committee.  In the proclamation, Pauline is recognized for continuing “to dutifully carry out her mother’s dream . . .”

The Friends of Jennie Drake Park is one of more than 100 local Park Pride Friends of the Park groups. Park Pride, the only Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, is active in greenspace advocacy and educating both civic leaders and the general public about the benefits of parks. Park Pride helps communities realize their dreams for neighborhood parks that support healthy people, strong neighborhoods, a healthy environment, and more.

To fund the installation of the trail and other improvements, Jennie Drake Park received financial support from a number of sources, including a Community Building Grant from Park Pride and supported by The Home Depot Foundation; the discretionary funds of District 9 Council Member Felicia Moore; donations from other elected officials and corporations; and also contributions from neighbors and friends.

The Friends of Jennie Drake Park are enthusiastic about the opportunities that the new trail will provide to connect more neighbors, support better health and highlight another resource which makes the Collier Heights community a desirable place to live.

Join Us for a Walk in the Park

The Friends of Jennie Drake Park invite you to take a walk on the new trail on Saturday, September 16, between 8 and 10 AM. The park entrance is across from 668 Waterford Road NW, near the corner of Waterford Road and Oldknow Drive.

The first 50 persons who pre-register and arrive between 8 and 10 AM will receive a gift. Light refreshments will be provided for walkers. Pre-register by September 9, by emailing jenniedrakepark@gmail.com. 

The Friends of Jennie Drake Park is one of more than 100 local Park Pride Friends of the Park groups. Park Pride, the only Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks, is active in greenspace advocacy and educating both civic leaders and the general public about the benefits of parks. Park Pride helps communities realize their dreams for neighborhood parks that support healthy people, strong neighborhoods, a healthy environment, and more.

We are enthusiastic about the opportunities that the new trail will provide to connect more neighbors, support better health and highlight another resource which makes the Collier Heights community a desirable place to live.

To fund the installation of the trail and other improvements, Jennie Drake Park received financial support from a number of sources, including a Community Building Grant from Park Pride and supported by The Home Depot Foundation; the discretionary funds of District 9 Council Member Felicia Moore; donations from other elected officials and corporations; and also contributions from neighbors and friends.

Contact person:

Pauline Drake

404 691-0853

jenniedrakepark@gmail.com

Photo Contest Winners!

The Jennie Drake Park Photo Contest for Kids winners were announced Saturday at the monthly work session.  Participants were to take pictures of birds in the park, and correctly identify the birds they photographed.

First Place:  Jadae Rashid

 

Second Place:  Syjae Rashid

 

Third Place:  Maci Lauren Wyatt

 

Winners were presented with prizes and framed photos of their entries.

Earth Day Photo Contest for Kids

The first annual Jennie Drake Park Earth Day photo contest for Kids is underway!  Participants in the contests will take photos of birds in the Park, and correctly identify the birds they have photographed.  Best photo wins a prize!  Registration was Saturday, and the winner will be announced on May 20th at Jennie Drake Park.

Registration Day

Jennie Drake Park Receives Grant from Park Pride

Atlanta, GA, January 23, 2017 – Friends of Jennie Drake Park have announced their receipt of a grant in the amount of $17,631 from Park Pride.  This primary use of these funds will be used to complete the installation of a loop trail.  In addition, there will be kiosks with maps, signs, doggie stations, wildflowers, and other features to appeal to birds and make the park a more attractive resource for residents of the Collier Heights neighborhood where it is located.

Park Pride is the only Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks.  Working with 90 local Friends of the Park groups, Park Pride is active in greenspace advocacy and educating both civic leaders and the general public about the benefits of parks.  Previously, the Jennie Drake Park has received support from Park Pride for beautification efforts and for support to build an entrance to the park (dedicated in May 2015).  Other sources of support for building the entrance and the trail have come from the discretionary funds of District 9 Council Member Felicia Moore, from other elected officials, from corporations and also from neighbors and friends.

The Friends of Jennie Drake Park are enthusiastic about the opportunities that this new grant will provide to connect with more neighbors,  support better health, and tap into  more of the resources which make the community a desirable place to live.

Individuals and families wishing to support improvements in the Jennie Drake Park are invited to come to the park (645 Waterford Road NW – Atlanta, GA 30318) on a volunteer work day (usually the 3rd Saturday) from 9 AM to 12 noon.  For more information about volunteering or supporting the park financially, they may also contact us:

www.jenniedrakepark.org

www.facebook.com – Jennie Drake Park

Pauline Drake, JDP Steering Committee Chair – 404 691-0853 – jenniedrakepark@gmail.com

Cox Conserves Heroes Award for 2016 (Update)

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Hello, Friends of Jennie Drake Park!

Thank you for your vote and for encouraging others to vote for me.  Some of you have inquired about the outcome of the competition.  The Cox Conserves Hero for 2016 was announced on November 15. No, the Jennie Drake Park was not the top vote-getter.  Nevertheless, we are still a winner, as we will receive $5,000 for the park.  The winner among the three finalists was Linda Cotten Taylor, Chapel Hill Park (DeKalb County); her park will receive an additional $5,000.

 We will appreciate your continued support of the Jennie Drake Park.  We have regular park work sessions (most 3rd Saturdays from 9 AM to noon).  We hope you will be able to join us for a work session.  Our next work session will be in January–Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). from 9 AM to noon. We also raise money in order to make improvements in the park.  If you would like to know more about how you can volunteer or make a tax-deductible financial contribution, just let me know.  Call me or visit our website: www.jenniedrakepark.org

Pauline Drake