On October 1, the Scotties Alumni of Agnes Scott College, partnering with the Collier Heights Association for Revitalization, Resilience, and Sustainability, worked in the Park as part of their Give Back Service Project. They weeded, removed invasive species, and picked up trash.
Jennie Drake Park has been recognized by the Atlanta Audubon Society as a bird sanctuary. As a bird sanctuary, Jennie Drake Park will provide the following:
Shelter – active nesting areas or shelters that attract and protect birds and other wildlife.
Food – feeders and plantings that offer seeds, flowers, and berries to wildlife.
Water – birdbaths, water gardens, or natural features with flowing water.
Nesting Sites – bird boxes, natural cavities, or wood piles and vine tangles.
Part of the obligation is to remove invasive plant species, and provide native plants to support the bird population.
My mother’s belief in community involvement extended beyond her desire to make the community where she lived one in which there was land that could be a viable greenspace. She also believed that children should grow up in a community, a village, which provided input and guidance that would influence and shape their view of the world. My friends remember her as “the mother” who provided them with pamphlets and brochures on all aspects of “growing up” during our pre-teen and teen-age years.
Linda Graves (now Linda Stewart) and I met in first grade and, for the last 2 1/2 years of high school, lived around the corner from each other. Like so many of my childhood friends, we have remained friends throughout the many years since high school graduation. She has known about Jennie Drake Park from its conception and has followed and supported its progress through the official naming, the brick fund-raising, and, most recently, the applcation for wildlife sanctuary status. She will always be a part of “the village” that helped shape her and we thank her, her husband Chet, and her son Lyndon for their generous gifting of the two bird feeders that we could include in our wildlife sanctuary certification application.
Millicent Drake Norman
Daughter of Jennie Drake
The July and August work session were spent clearing invasive plants, spreading the remaining crush-and-run walking trail material, planting flowers, and picking up trash.
Volunteers for July were: Michael Drake, Pauline Drake, Gerald Evans, Bryan Jenkins, Leola McKinney, Natasha Nichols-Freeman, Millicent Drake Norman, Isaac Robinson, and Annette Smith.
August student volunteers were: Malik Norman from Best Academy; Isaac Robinson and Calieb Young from Kipp Atlanta; Mohammed Hashim, Naggee Norman, Khyron Perkins, and Brooklyn Tucker from North Atlanta; Hassan Hashim from Sutton Middle School; and Rahsaan Norman from Wesley International Academy. Other volunteers were Sarah Abdalla, Michael Drake, Pauline Drake, Jim Gantner, Miriam James Miller, Joseph Mitchell, Ben Norman, Millicent Drake Norman, and Kymberli Warner.
Atlanta Fire Rescue Station 38 joined us for our monthly work session in the Park. Firefighters were Captain Arzell Bostick II, Lt. Guillermo Escobar, Christopher Roac, David Scalf, Sgt. Kent Thornton, and Sgt. Eldon L. Hughlon.
Other volunteers: Sarah Abdulla, Barbara Battle, Elise Bennett, M.B. Drake, Pauline Drake, Bryan Jenkins, Miriam A. James-Miller, Leola McKinney, Eugene Miller, Isaac Robinson, LaMarr Robinson, and Phyllis Wiggins.
On May 21st, volunteers from North Atlanta High School, Friendship Baptist Church, and the Collier Heights neighborhood worked in the Park.
On April 23rd, members of the Buckhead Church in Atlanta worked at Jennie Drake Park as part of their annual city-wide singles service day called do.justice. They painted benches, cleaned up trash, and spread mulch. Thanks to all do.justice members who helped us on Saturday.
Photos by Bryan Jenkins
Photos by Jane Davis
Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Neighbors, visit Jennie Drake Park between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 16. Volunteers will be available to escort you as you explore the park.
Take a little time to:
stroll, walk or run through the park
take the bridge to cross the stream
use the stepping stones to cross the stream
photograph family and friends
find your brick if you ordered one
Or, just sit and relax on a park bench!
Come early and bring your family. Dress comfortably and wear shoes that cover your feet.
We will have a gift for the first 40 families to sign in.
Jennie Drake Park is located at the intersection of Waterford Road and Oldknow Drive, across from 668 Waterford Road.
Dr. Drake with Michael Halicki, Park Pride Executive Director (Park Pride Photo)
Dr. Pauline Drake received Park Pride’s Inspiration Award at the 2016 Parks and Greenspace Conference. Dr. Drake worked for years to bring her mother’s dream for a neighborhood park to become a reality. As the Chairperson of the Jennie Drake Park Steering Committee, she has guided the effort to transform four acres of vacant land into a Park with walking trails, native plants, and a creek. The Friends of Jennie Drake Park are proud of this recognition given to Dr. Drake for her hard work.