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Friends of Ira B. Melton Park

IRA B. MELTON PARK / March 2016
What’s up in the Park?

It is easy to see big things are happening at Ira B. Melton Park. DeKalb County has selected our park

for major improvements under Phase II of the Mason Mill Master Plan. Walking paths (6’ wide) are

being created; along with a stepping-stone crossing that will link the Ira B. Melton Park (IBMP) to

Mason Mill Park. The path will be constructed of a composite material ensuring the sediments in the

floodplain do not impede safety and comfort for walkers along the trail. Three sections of the trail will

be improved with wooden crossings of drainage swales, to prevent degradation of the forest floor.

Our community will have great access to 18 acres of unique wetlands.

DeKalb County is spending approximately $700,000 on Mason Mill Phase II (which includes both

IBMP and the Jamestown dog park), but there are a few improvements that this money will not cover.

We are looking to our neighbors for some support:

- Additional improvements to the park entrance along Desmond Drive

- Planting of native plants to replace invasive species

- Improvements to the “dirt” trail on the north side of the park loop

These improvements are estimated to cost $5,000. The funds will be raised through grants and the

generosity of our neighborhood.

Become a supporter of Ira B. Melton Park. Please donate to insure that IBMP can be fully

enjoyed by our community.

To donate go to  

- Click on the Donations button

- Select Donate to a Friend of the Parks Group (on the right side)

- Under Choose a Park to Support – select Ira B. Melton Park

All Donations are tax deductible. Park Pride is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status in fiscal

partnership with Friends of Ira B. Melton Park.  

Check out IBMP on Facebook through the Clairmont Heights Neighbors page:

Search on Ira B. Melton Park to view updates.

Want to volunteer and support ongoing efforts to improve IBMP? Email:



Ira B. Melton/ Mason Mill Park path

Commissioner Rader:

Greetings: Work will soon begin on the path linking Ira B. Melton to Mason Mill Park.  You may have already noticed the stakes for the portion that Ed Castro Landscapes will be improving.  Please note, this passage will be cleared with construction fencing to a wider width of about 10 to 14 feet just to allow for materials to be brought to the creek’s crossing.  Once complete, the path will only be 6 feet wide.  Additionally, the path will be constructed of a pervious composite material to ensure that the sediments in the flood plain don’t become mucky, making the trail impassible.  Also of note are three sections of the trail which will be improved with wooden crossings of drainage swales, again to prevent degradation of the forest floor.  We hope you enjoy these improvements. 

See you out on the trail!


Ira B. Melton Workday

Greetings park friends

Marianne and I are hoping to schedule a workday at Ira B Melton Park on

Ira B Melton Park Workday

Event Date and Time: 
04/22/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Earth Day event at Ira B Melton Park.  On Wednesday, April 22, from 9:00am-12:00pm, volunteers from CSX and the local neighborhood will join forces to clear invasive plants, remove ivy from the trees, and pick up trash at Ira B Melton Park. Come play in the mud! All are welcome to join the fun. Please supply your own gloves and drinking water, and bring shovels or hand clippers if you have them.

Valerie Boss

Friends of Ira B Melton Park

Ira B. Melton Park Work Day

Event Date and Time: 
03/29/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

From coordinator Valerie Boss: Greetings neighbors!  Come pitch in at Ira B Melton Park on March 29 from 1-4pm.  We’ll be doing general maintenance—picking up trash, clearing the trail of overhanging branches, and removing invasive plants.  Trash bags will be supplied. Please bring your own work gloves, drinking water, and tools (loppers and shovels, in particular). Wheelbarrows are always needed. All are welcome, so please spread the word.

Community Meeting 3/2 for N. Decatur-Scott Blvd (across from future Walmart)

Fuqua Development, LP (“Fuqua”) will be hosting a meeting on Monday, March 2, 2015 to preview the concept for “Phase II” of its development at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and North Decatur Road.
As many of you know, Fuqua worked hand-in-hand with a Cross-Neighborhoods Committee on Phase I and has held preliminary meetings with the same Committee in an effort to ensure that Phase II is consistent with the communities’ vision for the area. 
Features of Phase II will include:
Community green space
A continuation of the sidewalk and streetscape treatment proposed for Phase I
A new north/south roadway between North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard, with traffic signals proposed at each intersection
An authentic mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented environment, with retail, restaurant, office and residential uses
We encourage you to come hear about this exciting project and provide the meeting details below:
Monday, March 2, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm
North Decatur United Methodist Church
1523 Church Street

Melton Park annual meeting

Event Date and Time: 
02/13/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Friends of Ira B Melton Park, a DeKalb County Park Pride affiliate, will hold its annual meeting on Friday, Feb 13, from 7-8:30 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall. We will review last year¹s park projects and plan for next year. All are welcome.

Adopt a sheep for the Nature Preserve

From Chris Beck on the Medlock Neighbors Group FB page: "Adopt a sheep! This winter we are employing a flock of sheep at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve to help us in our battle against invasive plant species. The flock will be grazing English ivy along Pine Bluff Road and the Upland Forest Trail. Your donation of $25 to adopt a sheep will help us remove invasive species in an environmentally friendly way. We will let you know when the flock is there so that you can come and visit.

Nature Preserve Harvest Festival

Event Date and Time: 
10/19/2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

From the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve Join us at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve for our annual harvest festival onSunday, October 19 from 4-7pm for food, kids’ activities, music, and s'mores by the bonfire. A local girl scout troop will be holding a bake sale and we will have hot dogs, drinks, and fixings available as well. We will also be joined by Cutie the sheep, who is part of flock who will be grazing our English ivy later this winter.

Ira B. Melton Park workday CANCELLED

Event Date and Time: 
10/18/2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

[Update 10/15/14 This event cancelled.  We will schedule a work day later in the fall.] From CHCA resident and Melton Park work coordinator Valerie Boss: Greetings neighbors, Hands on Atlanta---Park Pride has rounded up a large group of volunteers for Hands on Atlanta. They are from Cornell Alumni Atlanta Association and Cornell Hotel Society, and they¹ve agree to do a privet pull at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, Oct 18. Please come join the fun. Bring your bodies, your shovels, and your good cheer. We need all the help we can get. Let¹s see who gets the dirtiest.

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