Parks and Greenspace Citizens Advisory meeting notes

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: The *ParksBondGreenspace *Advisory Committee met last week at Arabia Mtn and heard glowing reports about Arabia Mtn, its programs and users, with the concomitant request that since there are so many users, there should be more attention/funding for it. This equation of usage to value always troubles me. Not every park offers the same amenities and programming per acre. Parks that become run-down or that offer little programming, are under-used because they aren't what the community wants/needs. These parks deserve attention, too.

Guided walk at Mary Scott Nature Park

Event Date and Time: 
08/27/2011 - 10:00am

From the Civic Association Network: A regular monthly (last Saturday) guided walk at Mary Scott Nature Park, 4150 Briarcliff Road (just above Shallowford), will be offered this Saturday at 10 am, starting from the parking area. This month's topic is native plants and what they tell us about the land where they're growing. I will be leading the walk.  Beth Nathan

August 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From MANA: Ira B Melton Workday; 2nd Annual Medlock Neighborhood Yard sale; Medlock School; Next Community Meeting; Next MANA Newsletter; Pet Lovers Registry

Next steps on proposed public transit between Emory and Lindbergh

From Emory: Emory is seeking support from the community for a proposed rail line connecting Lindbergh MARTA station to the Clifton Corridor. The project, called the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative (CCTI), is on the recommended project list approved on August 15 by the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Roundtable.

Meet the finalist for DCSS superintendent, August 27

From the Druid Hills High School PTA via Nicole Dowling []: Parents, The DeKalb County School System (DCSS) Board of Education has selected Dr. Cheryl L.H.Atkinson  as finalist for the Superintendent for DCSS. In an effort to keep you all informed, we are attaching links to: Report 8/20 theft from vehicle on Gaylemont

From DeKalb Police via

Decatur Arts Live 2011

Event Date and Time: 
08/27/2011 - 10:00am

From the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association: The event will take place Saturday, August 27th inside the new 4/5 Academy school, and will feature dance, theatre, comedy, puppetry, crafts, and other creative arts. The event is a joint venture between The 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue PTO and Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center (YAWAC). It is designed to be a PTO fundraiser which supports all the enrichment programs at F.AVE.

The crowd-pleasing fun will begin at 10:00 am with guests rotating through a schedule of simultaneous live performances, hands-on craft stations, and artist workshops. Performances will take place both in the 600-seat auditorium/gym and in several classrooms of the Fifth Avenue facility. The event is open to everyone in Decatur and the surrounding community, and it is specifically targeted to children aged pre-K through fifth grade.

The doors open at 9:45 am; everyone who enters by 10:15 am is entered into an exclusive raffle drawing for a birthday party for 20 at Leapin' Lizards, so come early to win. We will also have exciting raffle drawings for several high-value gift baskets. [read more] Report 8/14 Robbery at Medlock Park

From DeKalb Police via Medlock Area Neighborhood Association reports that this robbery was actually at knifepoint not gunpoint. It occurred around 8 PM on Sunday as a man, not from the neighborhood, was leaving a soccer game at Medlock Park. Two unknown black males approached the man with a knife and demanded his wallet which was handed over. The two males are approx 5'8" and weigh 135-150 pounds.

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Cookie Campaign

For our cyclists and cycling supporters from Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: Inspired “COOKIE” campaign by Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Educates by Rewarding People for Honoring Traffic SignalsThe week of August 15-19, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition volunteers will give cyclists and drivers alike a delicious incentive to stop on red through a new “Stop for Cookies” campaign.  Stop for Cookies is part of an annual national initiative called Stop on Red Week. This will be Atlanta’s first participating event.   Supported by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Share the Road project educates drivers and cyclists on how to use our roadways safely and legally, with respect for other users.

New location: Code Compliance and Covenants workshop

From the county CEO's office: Please note that due to high demand the location has been moved to: Manuel Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr, Decatur, GA 30030

Sewage spill into Mason Mill Park creek 8/3

From AJC 8/3/11 via Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv :   "Storm blamed for DeKalb sewer break, spill... Monday afternoon's heavy rain overflowed and broke a sewer main on Azalea Circle near Decatur, creating a large spill. ..." Read more.  The sewage went into Burnt Fork Creek which passes through Mason Mill Park. 

MANA E-Newsletter 8/5/11 - Medlock Children's Garden and Senior Activities

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Children's Garden; Pool Party and Yard Sale; Busy Tuesdays for Seniors.

No volunteer day Saturday at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Because we are still working on replacing the shed and tools, we won't be having our regular work day in August. Look for an announcement about the September workday.

Chris Beck
President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

DeKalb Medical BBQ Festival

Event Date and Time: 
08/20/2011 - 4:00pm - 10:00pm

From DeKalb Medical via North Druid Valley Homeowners Association listserv: Mark your calendar for August 20, 2011, and don’t miss the 11th Annual Dekalb Medical Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival, at Harmony Park in Decatur. The gates open at 4:00pm and there will be live music until 10:00pm. Kids 10 and under admitted free. Please note that no outside coolers will be permitted on the site.

Neighborhood stream history

For our stream and creek lovers an article on a local South Peachtree Creek tributary from the East Lake Neighborhood (perhaps someone would like to do something similar for Burnt Fork Creek or Glen Creek?): A Head of the Shed: Your Parkwood Tributary from Parkwood Garden Club, by neighbor Lisa Gordon, Environmental Scientist, Water Quality Planning Branch, Water Protection Division, U.S. EPA. photos by Rebecca Kerimbaev. "How well do you know the little creek that runs through our neighborhood? Why is it so small? Where does it go? Do you know where you see it again once it leaves the Parkwoods? I work on river and stream issues in the Southeast in my job as a biologist at EPA, and over the years I’ve gotten to know our little stream, as I’ve used it to teach local school kids about stream ecology. I find that I am always intrigued by how interesting a little stream can be — and how much we may not know about it! For starters, I find that this stream, in particular, is interesting simply based on where it is located. If you drive along DeKalb or College Avenues running parallel to the MARTA and CSX Railroad tracks, you are actually driving along a ridgeline — the highest point that divides different drainage systems or watersheds...." Read more.


July Parks Citizen Advisory Board meeting notes

Posted in Civic Association Network by Beth Nathan

Attached are the following from the Parks/Rec Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) 4th Tuesday monthly meeting for July 2011:

* my notes
* PDF of some handouts
* subsequent Excel spreadsheet from Project Mgmt group on status of projects

Of most interest to me was how much DeKalb is getting from its Parks Dept for how little it puts into it per citizen. Last year DeKalb was spending $55/resident/year for parks & recreation; this year it is $50.61/resident/year. The Trust for Public Land published such spending figures from across the nation for 2008, ranging from $259 in Washington
DC and $252 in Seattle to $101 in Atlanta to $23 in Detroit. The median amount was between $65 and $95.

County workshop: Code Enforcement and Covenants

From the county CEO's office: Saturday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. - noon, Clark Harrison Building, Conference Room A, 330 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

County Panel Discussion on Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act

From the county CEO's office: Monday, August 8, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312

County's Animal Services Task Force Holds Public Meetings

From county CEO's office: The DeKalb County Animal Services Task Force is seeking public opinion on several proposed initiatives to improve public health, safety and code enforcement related to animal services in DeKalb County. The proposed initiatives seek to increase adoptions of abandoned and lost animals, encourage responsible pet ownership, improve the conditions of animals under the county's care and reduce euthanasia rates at the animal shelter. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings at the following locations: Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur

July 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Pool and Potluck Party; 2nd Annual Medlock Neighborhood Yard sale

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