Via Civic Association Network, Posted by: "Beth Nathan" email@example.com, Mon Oct 31, 2011: FYI. Below are my notes from last week's Parks/Rec/Cultural Affairs Citizens Advisory Board meeting. Beth Nathan
CAB: Parks/Rec/Cultural Affairs, Oct 25, 2011
No citizens present in the audience.
Our volunteer day for this weekend has been rescheduled to November 12 at 1pm. Join us and a group of volunteers from Emory to help with trail maintenance, English ivy removal, and other tasks. Chris Beck, President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
To get to the Nature Preserve take Medlock Road north to Medlock Elementary School. Turn right onto Wood Trail Lane and follow to the preserve entrance. For complete directions and for more information, visit http://www.cshepherdpreserve.org, leave a detailed message at 678-951-0105, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Sagamore Hills newsletter: 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 expanded the schedule of Saturday Morning Walks with a guide/expert because of the success of the summer Walks. The FREE 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 bring water. To join the walk (no reservations are necessary) assemble at the parking lot entrance just off Briarcliff Road at 10 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. October 29, 2011, Peter Jenkins, tree climber and certified arborist, will conduct a walk this morning giving more information about the trees growing in our Mary Scott Nature Park. Peter will talk about how to tell if a tree is healthy or not as well as entertain us with stories related to the wooded areas of our neighborhood.
Little Creek Farm Conservancy is sponsoring their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22, 12-4 pm. Great fun for the whole family. Enjoy pony rides, kids crafts/ carnival games, silent auction, riding demonstrations, live bluegrass band, chili, beer & refreshments along with access to the barn. Cover charge is $10 adults, $5 kids 12-18 and children under 12 are free. Little Creek Farm, a Dekalb County owned park is located at 2015 Lawrenceville Hwy in Decatur across from North Dekalb Mall. All proceeds will benefit the refurbishing of our riding arenas. Cash/checks only for events & silent auctions. For more information, go to www.littlecreekfarmconservancy.org
Note from Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: *DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee meeting, Oct 12, 2011, Chapel Hill Park (30034). Joint meeting with Green DeKalb Advisory Council. See info on Mason Mill senior center at bottom. Attached: October 2011 report on 2001 & 2006 Bond Status, Land Acquisition Funds.
From Chris Beck, president: Join us Saturday, October 22 from 4-8pm for the 12th annual Harvest Festival at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Enjoy food, crafts for the kids, nature walks, live music, a campfire, and smores. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us. $5 donation. We will also accept tools to replace those lost in the shed fire.
From Valerie Boss: Come join your neighbors for a workday at Ira B Melton Park on Sunday, Oct 16 from 1-3pm. We’ll be spreading mulch and refining the new section of trail. As always folks are welcome to pull privet and clean up trash. Trash bags will be provided. Please bring work gloves, water, and any tools you think you might need, such as shovels, pitch forks, rakes and clippers.
Join us for a volunteer day this Saturday from 9am-noon. This fall, we will be installing a new kiosk and pavilion at the front of the Preserve. To help prepare the site, we will be clearing brush. We may also mulch trails and remove ivy from trees. We are still accepting donations of tools. We are especially in need of pruning shears, loppers, and a pruning saw.
President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
Directions: To get to the Nature Preserve take Medlock Road north to Medlock Elementary School. Turn right onto Wood Trail Lane and follow to the preserve entrance. For complete directions and for more information, visit http://www.cshepherdpreserve.org, leave a detailed message at 678-951-0105, or email us at email@example.com.
From Marianne Skeen: Thanks to some great help from a group of scouts from Troop 534, we were able to clear a new section of trail in Ira B. Melton park on September 24. The scouts pulled out privet, clipped branches and sawed overhanging limbs to move the path away from the eroding creek bank. Several neighbors joined the fun to swell the ranks to a total of 14 volunteers. At the end of the day, there were 14 bags of trash, 4 bags of recyclables, 2 large piles of privet, a heap of old construction rubble, and 14 tires that had been pulled from the creek earlier in the week waiting for pick-up by the DeKalb County Parks Department!! Thanks to all who helped out. Photos attached below.
Pumpkins for Sale: The scouts of Troop 534 who have helped us on two work days in Ira B. Melton Park are selling pumpkins during the month of October as a fundraiser. Pumpkins are available in the parking lot of the Briarcliff United Methodist Church at the corner of Briarcliff and Shallowford Roads. Let’s return the favor and help them with their project.
Info on the CSX line that runs through Mason Mill Park by Bob Ballou from the East Lake Neighborhood with a h/t to Druid Hills Civic Association: ".... There are many names for the CSX line that runs through our neighborhood. On the deeds of houses nearby, it’s referred to as Seaboard or Seaboard Airline. It’s also seen on various maps as the Inman Belt, Park Line, and Belt Line. Our line connects Kirkwood Junction, which is where a southbound train bends west toward Atlanta, on the south side of Dekalb Ave., with Belt Junction, which is behind the Starvine parking deck at Emory’s Clairmont Campus. The CSX operational people – engineers, train masters, dispatchers – often refer to the line as “the scenic route.” For a map of the entire Atlanta rail system, go to http://www.dot.state.ga.us/maps/documents/railroad/metro_atlanta_rail_ma... [also see attached] How many trains are scheduled to run on the line each day? ...." [Read more]