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Pinwheels spin in the breeze atop wooden stakes supporting orange construction fences. Within the 30,000 square feet that will become Chastain's exciting new playground,  heavy equipment scrapes the earth with giant claws and deposits tons of soil into idling dump trucks. Helmeted workers burrow to connect a restroom to sewage lines. A wall takes shape to hold back a freshly graded hill where two big slides and a treehouse will soon sit.  

Playground equipment has been ordered, even as the groundwork continues in the summer heat. It will soon be fall and the dream of the last few years will become a reality. We remain on schedule for a December 15 completion date. There will be a playpod for litle ones, an adventure hill for the older ones. The scars of construction will give way to the luster of fresh grass, gleaming new play things and so much more. Best of all, the joyful sound of children's voices will fill the air. 

Although the Chastain Park Conservancy has raised more than $2 million in cash and in-kind contributions, additional support is needed to finish the project.  We are grateful to our donors, big and small, but we need your help.  If you have not made a contribution to Play Chastain, please do so. If you know of an individual, a company or a foundation that might consider making a gift, please let us know that, too.  You can give by going to the Push for Play box on the chastainparkconservancy.org home page. If you know of someone upon whom we should call, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  (Note, there is no 'i' in the email address). 

We are building the most exciting playground in Atlanta and, perhaps, in the South.  We hope you will join us in this endeavor.

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ROCK Chastain, our annual benefit concert, organized by The Chastain Park Conservancy, will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 7PM-11PM at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre.


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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.


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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.  



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Great News! Whole Foods Market Buckhead has selected the Chastain Park Conservancy to be the beneficiary of its 5% day on Tuesday, June 30.

When you shop Whole Foods Market Buckhead a week from this coming Tuesday, 5% of all net proceeds will go towards the CPC's healthy lifestyle programs like Farm Chastain and Play Chastain.

Whole Foods Market's motto—Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet — emphasizes that their vision reaches beyond food retailing to help support the health, well-being, and healing of people, organizations and the planet. We are honored they have selected us for 5% day and acknowledged our similar missions to make the environment healthier for all.
So, mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 30. Stop by Whole Foods Market Buckhead to shop and visit the CPC at our in-store table. And thanks again to Whole Foods Market Buckhead for your partnership and for helping us keep Chastain clean, safe and green.
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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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Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9:00 am, come celebrate with the Chastain Park Conservancy, City of Atlanta, our stakeholders, neighbors and partners as we launch construction of PLAY CHASTAIN - a world class 40,000 square foot outdoor natural learning environment coming to Chastain Park! Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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See you at Chastain Park Playground, West Wieuca Road and Dudley Road

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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.

Years of listening to children and parents have gone into the new playground's design. Fundraising towards our $2.8-million target is coming down the home stretch. But we need your help. Please consider a gift of money or time to #PlayChastain. If you do, you'll look back with pride, having helped build THE finest playground in the entire Southeast.
Jay Smith, Vice Chair, Chastain Park Conservancy   


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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'd like to thank our partners, stakeholders, and members for making this vision become a reality. We are also most appreciative of the construction management services led by the PATH Foundation. If you have any questions on Walk Chastain, please email Pete Pellegrini, PATH Project Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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