It's as if an orange maze has sprouted and replaced the Chastain playground. Hundreds of feet of bright construction fencing weave through the six-acre hillside that sits above Wieuca Road. Soon, work will begin to replace the 10,000-square-foot existing playground with 40,000 feet of play space for toddlers through teens. The orange barriers provide a sense of how large the new playground will be.
Six months from now (targeted completion is December 15) there will be separate play areas appropriate to a child's age. There will be a restroom, a pavilion, a tree house, giant slides and much, much more. There will be shade against the bright midday sun that bakes the playground now. Although the playground is closed for construction, what springs up in its place will be more than worth the wait or any other inconvenience.
More than $2 million has been raised or pledged toward the $2.8-million campaign the Chastain Park Conservancy has undertaken to build the new playground. But the time is now to replace the 15-year-old, one-size-fits-all playground that has outlived its useful life. The balance of the funds needed will provide additional play equipment and a much-neede maintenance program to insure the playground remains in tip-top shape. If you haven't already made a contribution, please, do so now by going to the Push for Play donation box elsewhere on this page.
Granite curbs define much of the new, wider mile-long stretch of the Chastain PATH under construction along Powers Ferry Road. Iconic stone walls remain along the golf course side of the existing four-foot-wide concrete walk, but the granite curbs, which widen the PATH to ten-feet, make it feel as if breathing room has already been added.
A lot of work remains. Utility poles must be moved (a huge undertaking) and the muddy trench must be filled and paved to create six feet of additional walkway. The remaining stretch of granite curbs must also be installed. We're months from completion, but walkers and runners are already getting a sense of what this wider stretch of the PATH will feeel like. And it feels good. Vehicles, which used to whiz by, are slowing as their lanes have narrowed to accommodate the PATH expansion.
It's a big job, but it will be worth it as anyone who has wedged between a pedestrian and a car will attest. Funds for the project have been raised by the Chastain Park Conservancy. The city of Atlanta, the PATH Foundation (which is overseeing construction), Park Pride and the James M. Cox Foundation are among the major funders.
Great News! Whole Foods Market Buckhead has selected the Chastain Park Conservancy to be the beneficiary of its 5% day on Tuesday, June 30.
Last Friday, June 12, at 9 am, the Chastain Park Conservancy celebrated the launch of construction on our 40,000 sq. ft. outdoor natural learning environment. Play Chastain will serve 85,000 children within a 5 mile radius of the park.
2 million dollars have been raised and the CPC has setup a crowdfunding campaign on its website to close the funding gap of 500K. For only $6.25, you can give one child the playground experience and memories of a lifetime. Click here to donate now.
Attendees at the Play Chastain groundbreaking event included Executive Director of the CPC, Rosa McHugh, former Atlanta Mayor, Sam Massell, Atlanta City Council Member, Yolanda Adrean, representatives from the CPC including Matt Otten, CPC Board Chair, Jay Smith, Vice Chair and project leader,
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See you at Chastain Park Playground, West Wieuca Road and Dudley Road
As a boy I lived near a park with a big wooded area. We spent entire summer days riding bikes along its rutted trails and tying rope swings to the limbs of tall sturdy trees. We took risks and, occasionally, we got hurt. But we grew up healthier, happier, more confident for every day spent exploring nature and ourselves.
I'm a grandfather now who wishes more children had places for their feet and their imaginations to run wild. It's why I'm involved in the Chastain Park Conservancy's effort to rebuild a playground on six rolling acres in the middle of the park. #PlayChastain will be a place for children (and adults) of all ages. Its age-appropriate play areas will allow children to challenge themselves in safe yet exciting ways. Parents and grandparents can gather, too, to watch over their little ones and to visit with each other. A clean, modern and spacious restroom/pavilion facility means visitors can stay as long as they like.
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On Monday, May 18, the Chastain Park Conservancy began construction on Walk Chastain, the .9 mile widening of the PATH along Powers Ferry Road. Upon completion of the #1 project from the 2008 Atlanta City Council approved Chastain Park Master Plan, the sidewalk will not only by safer, but more enjoyable for all who use it. While the estimated project time is 286 days, we plan to expedite the process and make it as seamless as possible. In other words, our goal is to minimize inconvenience to you, our valued Chastain Park neighbor. The project will be built in three phases as follows:
Phase 1: INFRASTRUCTURE PREPARATION PROJECT SEGMENT - 62 days (Mid-May through early July)
Phase 2: UTILITY RELOCATION PROJECT SEGMENT - 173 days (Mid-July through March 2016)
Phase 3: SIDEWALK AND LANDSCAPING DESIGN PROJECT SEGMENT - 83 days (Mid-March 2016 through early July 2016)
We also appreciate your patience as we restore, enhance, maintain and preserve Chastain Park with this project, Walk Chastain and Play Chastain, which will also begin construction soon. To support our mission please visit www.chastainparkconservancy.org/10th-anniversary-capital-campaign
When Atlanta filmmaker, Anthony Mchie's 6th grade daughter needed community service hours for her school's Jr. Beta Club, he sought out a volunteer opportunity that was age appropriate. After visiting the website, Hands On Atlanta, one of the largest community-based volunteer service organizations in the U.S, he discovered the Chastain Park Conservancy. So, last Saturday, March 7th, the Sandy Springs resident brought both of his daughters, Amali and Anisa to Chastain Park. "I like to volunteer, because it makes me feel good to help people and the environment," said Amali.
Another father/daughter duo, Tom and Margaret Coleman came out to help, too. As his 11 1/2 year old daughter got down to raking up piles of leaves on Lake Forest Drive, her dad recalled the last time they volunteered together at the CPC and planted daffodils over by the playground.
Also in attendance to lend a hand were Paul Schlanta and his 6th grade son, Ben. According to Paul,
Beginning Saturday, March 28, friends and neighbors of the CPC are invited to take free classes from the North Fulton Master Gardeners at Farm Chastain. Additional classes will follow one Saturday of each month March through October (except for April.) To sign-up for the classes, visit our Meet Chastain page.
On behalf of the Chastain Park Conservancy Board of Directors and staff, we'd like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of our End of Year donors. Your generous donations, which exceeded our goals, will help us move forward with many improvements for the park in 2015.
Projects that will benefit from your support include WalkChastain, the widening of .9 mile of the PATH on Powers Ferry Road. Funds received will go towards the start of construction on PlayChastain, a 40,000 square foot natural learning environment and world class playground. We'll also be able to repair our historic picnic pavilions this year. Plus, we'll keep doing all the things we do every day like pick-up leaves, plant grass seed, remove graffiti and put doggie bags around the PATH.