September Work Session

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.

Crown Castle Workday

Fifty employees from Crown Castle spent several hours in Jennie Drake Park on Wednesday, May 9th.  The enthusiastic group removed sections of a fallen tree, built a path to one of the seating areas and planted wildflowers.

The volunteer effort was organized by John Ahern, volunteer coordinator for Park Pride.  Helping John was Ellen Bruenderman, program assistant.  The mission of Park Pride is “to engage communities to activate the power of parks.”

Thanks to Crown Castle Atlanta and team leaders:  Elise Bennett, Gerald Evans, Bryan Jenkins, Eugene Miller, Millicent Norman, and Stanley Riley.

Also, thanks to our two City Council Members, Dustin Hillis, District 9, and Matt Westmoreland, Post 2 At Large, who stopped by and took a walk through Jennie Drake Park.


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 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

Join us for a Free Workshop on Invasive Plant Identification & Removal

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:

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.