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Gerald Evans 2021 Volunteer of the Year

Dr Pauline Drake Presenting Gerald with the Volunteer of the Year Plaque

A former Collier Heights resident, Gerald has volunteered with the Friends of Jennie Drake Park for several years. He was recruited by Eugene Miller, his friend since high school.  Gerald has guided our focus on birds, establishing contact with Georgia Audubon and organizing the bird photo contest for children and bird walks for community residents.  Thank you, Gerald, for your leadership and service!!!

Recognizing Our Student Volunteers

Jennie Drake Park is proud of their student volunteers. If a student volunteers more than four times a year, that student receives recognition for their service. When a student volunteers more than a dozen times, they receive special recognition.

This year our 2021 graduating student volunteers are Malik Norman and Hassan Hashim.

Hassan with Dr. Pauline Drake

2020 Volunteer of the Year

Friends of Jennie Drake Park selected Bryan P. Jenkins as Volunteer of the Year for 2020.  Bryan is a well-known and widely respected professional in the area of television production. His career at Clark Atlanta University began in the 1990s, when he trained more than a thousand students to work in various positions during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.  Bryan’s freelance work has aired on BET, ESPN, WSB-TV, and other media. A resident of the Collier Heights neighborhood, he is known for his service through the Collier Heights Community Association and the Jennie Drake Park Steering Committee, for which he serves as vice president.  In 2018, he was selected to the board of directors of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.   Bryan is the third JD Park friend to be recognized as volunteer of the year.  Previous recipients are Miriam Miller (2018) and James H. Gantner (2019).

MLK Day 2021

From 11 AM to 2 PM on January 18, 2021, the Friends of Jennie Drake Park hosted a volunteer session in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.  We had 16 volunteers from the community and also three (3) representatives from Park Pride who thanked us for our service and assisted us. They were: Rachel Maher, director of communications; Teri Nye, park designer; and Ruth Pimentel, project manager, Atlanta Community Schoolyards. The mission of Park Pride is “to engage the community to activate the power of parks.” Jennie Drake Park is a registered Park Pride “friends” group.  

Visit Jennie Drake Park with Ecoaddendum

Jennie Drake Park

Saturday, June 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Visit Jennie Drake Park with Ecoaddendum.  Jennie Drake Park hosts a high diversity of trees and wildflowers, including uncommon and sensitive species such as Umbrella Magnolia, Wild Geranium, and Blood Root. Our timing should be ideal for seeing some of the high value species found here. And at this time of year we may also hear some of our migratory songbirds just coming back from winter homes in Central and South America, some of whom may nest in this forest in the summer season.

We’ll walk on natural and unpaved trails, fairly flat terrain with small hills, about a mile at most.

This walk is offered in partnership with Friends of Jennie Drake Park.

 To register, visit:  http://www.ecoaddendum.org/event/jennie-drake-park/

NOTE:  Walks are limited to 10 persons.  We will practice physical distancing, and we ask participants to wear masks.

May Work Session

We had a productive session on Saturday, May 16th. Many thanks to our volunteers! There were seven of us, and we planted about a dozen Eastern Redbud saplings in the park, primarily along the Oldknow trail and on the north side (West Peek). of the park.  Look for purple blossoms in the early spring, if not in 2021, perhaps in 2022. 

2019 Volunteer of the Year

On Saturday, November 16, the Friends of Jennie Drake Park honored James H. Gantner as Volunteer of the Year. Jim has been a resident of Collier Heights since 2009. In 2012, he was one of the neighborhood residents who participated in the visioning process. When the steering committee for the park was formed in 2013, he became a member. Since that time, he has been an active and reliable volunteer, performing tasks in the park, taking photographs, and preparing publicity for the park. We are grateful to Jim for his loyal and valuable service. He is the second Jennie Drake Park “friend” to be recognized as volunteer of the year. Our 2018 honoree was Miriam Miller.