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.
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.
Bryan Jenkins, Vice-Chair of the Jennie Drake Park Steering Committee, received this year’s Chattahoochee River Keepers Volunteers Award. The volunteers collect water samples from the creeks which feed the Chattahoochee River. These samples are tested for water quality. By collecting the samples, any raw sewage can be detected and reported to authorities, keeping the sewage spill in check.
Dr. Pauline Drake is one of three finalists for this year’s Cox Conserves Heroes Award. Each of the three finalists received $5,000 dollars to be used in improving their outdoor project. The winner of the Cox Conserves Award will receive an additional $5,000 dollars for their project. If Pauline wins the award, it would mean a total of $10,000 dollars for improvements at Jennie Drake Park.
Cox Enterprises (WSB-TV) and the Trust for Public Land recognize volunteers that create, preserve or enhance the shared outdoor spaces in their communities. Pauline was nominated for her leadership in bringing her mother’s vision of a neighborhood park to reality. Pauline will be quick to point out that it’s the volunteers that make it happen.
Jennie Drake Park is located in Historic Collier Heights at the corner of Oldknow Drive and Waterford Rd.
She needs your vote!
- Voting begins October 5th and ends October 26th
- Vote online at http://www.wsbtv.com/CoxConservesHeroes
- You can see Pauline’s television interview at: http://www.wsbtv.com/community/people-2-people/pauline-drake-vies-for-cox-conserves-heroes-award_20161003123658/452941439
For information on Jennie Drake Park visit www.jenniedrakepark.org or email us at email@example.com.
Photos from the Jennie Drake Park work session on July 18th.
Last October, we began working on the area of Jennie Drake Park at the corner of Oldknow Drive and Waterford Road. This had been a dumping ground for many years. On the October 18th work session, we pulled out several tires and filled a lot of bags with bottles, cans and other trash. We also pulled out a roll of chain link fence that someone had dumped there.
On Saturday, June 20th, with the help of the City of Atlanta Corrections Department, a group of inmates, directed by Officer Ronald Jordan, built a path from the corner of the Park down to the main trail. As you can see from the pictures, the area (and the path) looks great!
This little guy/gal was found nesting near the Park entrance by Pauline and Michael Drake. They moved the turtle into the Park near the stream. It appears to be an Eastern Mud Turtle http://srelherp.uga.edu/turtles/kinsub.htm