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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.

Atlanta’s Urban Forests

At the July Steering Committee Meeting, Kathryn Kolb of Eco Addendum was the guest speaker.  Kathryn is a Master Naturalist, and consults green space managers, gardeners and homeowners on how to preserve our native urban forests.  She explained the importance of Atlanta’s urban tree canopy and the ways it can be protected.

Student Volunteer Graduates

Mohamed Hashim has volunteered at Jennie Drake Park beginning in his sophomore year at North Atlanta High School, attending more than a dozen work sessions.  This year, Mohamed graduates from North Atlanta, and will be attending Emory University in the Fall.

We take great pride in having Mohamed as a student volunteer, and wish him the best as he enters Emory!

2019 Photo Contest

 3rd Annual Bird Photo / I.D. Contest

May 18, 2019 (Sat) – 10:00 to 12:00 a.m.

attend Information Session and register at Jennie drake park

Located next to 681 Waterford rd., nw, Atlanta, GA 30318

*1st to 12th grade students may participate.

*Students must come with a parent/Guardian, receive instructions, & take pictures.

*parents/Guardians must sign all consent forms for students under 18.

*Students must bring their own Cameras/phones for a session with a photographer.

*Light refreshments available  

*to register in advance send e-mail to with phone # & e-mail info, name of student, school, grade of student, &  name of parent/guardian who will accompany the student.


June 5 (Wed)

e-mail photos to


June 15 (SAT) – 10:30 a.m.

Students and parents return to park

Photos will be exhibited and prizes presented in these categories:

                                              1st to 5th Grade          6th to 8th Grade     9th to 12th Grade


For more information, contact Gerald Evans @ 404-402-1796