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.
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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