From Melton Park volunteer coordinator Valerie Boss: Workday at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, April 28 from 9:30am-1pm. Join your neighbors and the boys scouts as we pick up trash, spread mulch and remove invasive plants. Please bring your own work gloves and water. Tools, such as shovels, loppers, and wheelbarrows, are always appreciated. Plastic bags for trash and recycling will be supplied.
From Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve acting President Gene Beck: Saturday April 14 from 9 to 12 is our annual Earth Day clean-up at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Come join us and see the progress being made on our new kiosk and invasive plant removal through out the preserve. Do you have a wheel barrel… Please bring it as we have to mulch lots of trails! Can't volunteer this Saturday... but can help at other times? Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch to use your help.
From Carol Hayes via Civic Association Network, Apr 4, 2012, in response to an inquiry about the recent darkening of the waters: "it has a lot to do with the break down of organic material. The tannin in leaves and pollen can change the color of the water. Another scary event is when rust algae occurs; it looks like an orange slime. It occurs more in warm slow moving creeks."
Carol Hayes, Chair
Burnt Fork Watershed Alliance
And some extras. Photos taken Sunday, March 24, 2012, and Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Mason Mill Park by CHCA board members Tim and Catherine. Click "Link" in lower right of each frame to see larger size on Flickr.
From local resident and Ira B Melton Park project coordinator Valerie Boss: Workday at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, April 7 from 9:30-11:30 AM. Have a little time free on the holiday weekend? Want to burn off those chocolate bunnies and macaroons? Join your neighbors at the park as we pick up trash, maintain the trail, and remove invasive plants. Please bring work gloves, water, and shovels and/or loppers.
Reminder from the Civic Association Network Newsletter: The walks are at 10 am on the last Saturday of the month at 4150 Briarcliff Road (just north of the intersection with Shallowford Road.) Walks are FREE, offered rain or shine, and last approximately one hour in length.
From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: Druid Hills Youth Sports to Celebrate Half Century of Baseball at Medlock Park. Local politicos will honor the organization at the park from 6pm - 9pm on April 13. By Jonathan Cribbs, March 21, 2012. "A great event coming up at Medlock Park. Druid Hills Youth Sports plans to honor its half-century committment to baseball on Friday, April 13. A lot of cool stuff is planned...." [Read More.]
From Carol Hayes, Burnt Fork Creek Watershed Alliance: Dear neighbors, We are fortunate to have the rare and incredibly shy wood duck nesting in our neighborhood. In order to encourage their successful mating, we will be closing the blue trail soon so that the birds can have the solitude they need. Please respect the barricades closing the trail and do not go around them.
From: Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (email@example.com): Please support UCR and help them win a $25,000 "LUV Grant" from Southwest Airlines! Between now and March 18, you can vote daily for the video, "The Chattahoochee River Runs Through All of Us"
From the Civic Association Network via Sagamore Hills neighborhood civic association: SECOND ANNUAL EMBRACE OUR GREEN SPACE RACE. March 24, 2012 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church at 10AM. It is finally here! The Second Annual Embrace Our Green Space Race to benefit four local parks is happening again on Saturday, March 24th at Oak Grove UMC starting at 10AM. We have an event for everyone: 2K walk for seniors and kids, 5K run/walk, 10K run, 10K skate, and 20K bike ride. All routes are well marked and wind through area neighborhoods, and police are posted at busy intersections and volunteers at major turns. The cyclists will start promptly at 10AM, followed immediately by the skaters, then the 10K runners, 5K runners and lastly the 2K walkers. All events will be completed shortly after 11AM. These events are non-competitive so everyone is invited to COME OUT FOR SOME FRESH AIR AND EXERCISE, MEET NEW FRIENDS, TOUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL PARKS! Great post race snacks provided by local restaurants. All proceeds beyond the cost of staging this event will go to these deserving friends of park groups: Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, Kittredge Park, Mary Scott Nature Park and the new park on Lavista Road near Oak Grove. Park Pride Atlanta is providing financial management of the funds.