The Civic Association Network's next ISSUES MEETING will be held Thursday, July 28, 2011, 7-9 pm, at the One DeKalb Resource Center at Northlake Mall (1^st floor, just outside Macy's entrance). Please pass along notice of this 2-part meeting to all neighbors who might be interested in Redistricting AND to your local garden club,
PTA, entrance and common area folks.
From Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv: The 17 acres is near the neighborhood, also includes a flat meadow and a section of Burnt Fork Creek. AJC: "DeKalb eyes historic land for parks. A controversial deal for DeKalb County to buy a developer's land has ended with a lower price for a proposed park -- and the possibility of even more green space in the mostly developed central part of the county. County commissioners agreed last week to pay Rich Porter $1.83 million for the 6-acre lot off LaVista Road -- about 6 percent lower than the original negotiated price. The rumpus over the price, and resulting attention from residents, also brought out Edward Nelms Jr. He has proposed the county buy his family's 17 acres of land about a mile east on LaVista, near Pangborn Road, for more park space." [Read More at AJC.]
Thanks to Valerie and Marianne for organizing and leading the work, to Dave Butler for arranging with the county to get mulch, to Tim and Catherine for signs, and to worker bees Judy, Steve P, Steve R, Don, Tim, and Catherine for all the hard work on a warm and humid July morning. We were able to spread about half of the big mulch pile along about one third of the loop trail before we ran out of time and energy. We also rescued a turtle that was buried deep in the mulch. See photos below.
From South Fork Conservancy: July 11, 7 p.m. at QuickShot Firing Range, 1199 Zonolite Rd. Learn more about a possible community garden on public land at Zonolite. Contamination cleanup expected. What comes next? Help shape neighborhood efforts to restore this important, environmentally sensitive floodplain. EPA and county leaders present. Bring your own chair.
Photos July 4, 2011 of construction around old water works district of Mason Mill Park. Part of stormwater mitigation project in Mason Mill Park master plan.
From Chris Beck, President of the CSNP: Dear Supporters of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, On the night of Sunday, June 26th, the shed at the Preserve was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The entire contents of the shed and materials around the shed are a complete loss. You can see a video of the fire at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QcQrqZn-HE . If you are on Facebook, you can see a picture of what remains of the shed at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2169653918031&set=o.45415782994&type=1&theater . Although some surrounding trees were scorched, we hope that there is not lasting damage. We are beginning to make plans to rebuild the shed and get new tools so that we can continue to maintain the Preserve for education and enjoyment of neighbors and visitors.
Notes from Civic Association Network listserv on recent CAN meeting with commissioners (see attached table on county wide land purchases):
1. Just how much green space acreage per capita do we have in District 2, as compared to the other DeKalb districts?
2. What were the Green spaces/Park purchases in DeKalb County during the last 5 years? Is there a map available showing existing Green space/Park lands? How do we nominate possible park/green space purchases?
Beth Nathan offers some answers as District 2 Rep on the Parks Bond and Greenspace Advisory Committee....
Workday at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, July 9, 8:30-11:00 am. Drop by for an hour or so and help us spread mulch on the trail. Please bring gloves, water, and shovel or rake. We could use a wheelbarrow or two. Workday facilitators: Marianne Skeen and Valerie Boss.
From the North Druid Hills / Briarcliff Patch: "The shed at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve was reduced to a charred heap of metal and wood after yesterday's storms." [read more and see the video] CSNP leaders Chris Beck and Dave Butler have already begun talking to contractors for quotes on rebuilding the shed. They say they'll need to get the shed up before they can take donations of tools, etc.
A Walk in the Park. Get to know the new 'Lady' in the neighborhood and all her attributes. Mary Scott Nature Park, our new DeKalb County Park at 4150 Briarcliff Road (just north of Shallowford Road and behind the Shallowford Presbyterian Church) has recently scheduled a series of Saturday Morning Walks with a guides/experts. The walks will have different emphasis in different months. All will be an hour or less in length. It is recommended that you wear good walking shoes and especially in hot weather, bring water. To join the FREE walk (no reservations are necessary) assemble at the parking lot entrance just off Briarcliff Road at 9 am. Length of Walk- 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the needs and interests of the people in the group. People will be allowed to explore MSNP on their own if they get bored or become interested in something they want to explore more fully away from the group. All ages are welcome. These walks are subject to change as guides availability may shift.