Artist Anthony DuBose is a member of the Jennie Drake Park Steering Committee, and created the art on the stones found in Jennie Drake Park. Anthony explains his inspiration for the work:
“Between the 9th and 14th centuries the Khmer civilization created the largest Hindu temple complex at Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The many temples are decorated with thousands of Bas-Reliefs, depicting vivid scenes of life and battle. All of the work was shaped from stone.
Angkor on Bankhead, is partly inspired by the work at Angkor Wat. But it’s also inspired by Moorish Nationality and Hinduism as a science. The stones at Jennie Drake Park are all inspired by the science of the third eye, Vedic tradition and the indigenous people that practiced it.
The stones at Jennie Drake Park have been waiting for many years to be discovered. There are thousands of stories on the forest floor.”
Initiation of the Balasanth
The Light and The Throne
Jaden Beasley and Akeem Scott, North Atlanta High students, received t-shirts in recognition of their completion of three (3) community service sessions at the Jennie Drake Park. The Friends of Jennie Drake Park recognize middle and high school students in this manner.
Our 2018 Photo Contest winners are:
1st Place Elementary- Maryam Hashim
2nd Place High School- Hassan Hashim
1st Place High School- Sergio Frutos
April 21 (Sat) – 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
- Attend Information Session and register at Jennie Drake Park
- Located next to 681 Waterford Rd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
- To register in advance send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with phone # & e-mail info, name of student, name of parent/guardian who will accompany the student. with phone # & e-mail info, name of student, name of parent/guardian who will accompany the student.
- 1st to 12th grade students may participate.
- Students must come with a parent/Guardian, receive instructions, & take pictures.
- Parents/Guardians must sign consent forms.
- Students must bring their own Cameras/phones.
- Light refreshments available
Sponsored by Trees, Atlanta
Saturday, March 17th, 2018
9:00 A.M. – 12:00 noon
Jennie Drake Park
645 Waterford Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318.
Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt,
and closed toe shoes or boots.
To register by phone contact: Pauline E. Drake at 404-691-0853, or register on-line at:
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.