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.
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.
#10: Have annual meeting to keep Chastain Park Conservancy members up on how we accomplish our mission.
#9: Tap Chastain’s vast wealth of talented professionals and put you to work as a skill based volunteer!
The CPC hosted a special guest at "Holidays in the Park" last Saturday. Not only did this give the children around Chastain a chance to tell Santa their list, but to also get their picture taken with him. To see our entire scrapbook of snapshots with Santa, please visit our Facebook page. Photo courtesy of Jay Smith.
The first of a series of approvals from the Atlanta Parks Department and City of Atlanta are underway for the commencement of construction for Play Chastain. This first of many steps of approvals is one that both the Parks Department and the Chastain Park Conservancy considers to be one of the most important – the trees in the park. One of Chastain Park’s signature trademarks is the canopy of trees that blanket the northern half of the park which is why the Conservancy remains committed to preserving the health and beauty of the park’s urban forest.
The construction plans for Play Chastain propose the removal of 22 trees of seven different species to make way for the westward expansion of the existing playground as well as the addition of a public restroom - these trees will soon be marked with an orange “X” to indicate to the public of their planned removal. But fear not, the playground plans have been designed in a manner that will carefully preserve the majestic century old mature oaks scattered throughout the 6 acre playground site. Additionally, as part of the overall playground plans, the Conservancy has planned for the addition of 101 new trees of
Great News! We’ve just received our permit from the City of Atlanta to begin construction on our Walk Chastain project, which will make the Powers Ferry portion of the path wider and safer.
This project, along with Play Chastain, is part of the Conservancy's $5.2 million capital campaign. The PATH Foundation, which will manage the construction of the project, is preparing to start the contractor selection process and hopes to break ground in early 2015. Walk Chastain enhancements include widening the path from 4 foot to 10-12 feet, increasing the safety buffer from cars to 4 foot plus, installing granite curbs and a guardrail, and improving crosswalk intersections.
Thanks to all who #lovechastain and have donated to this crucial improvement for our most valued green space. If you'd like to donate to Walk Chastain, please click here. Then, stay posted for updates on Walk Chastain as we continue our mission at the CPC to restore, enhance, maintain and preserve Chastain Park
This past spring and summer, hundreds of kids of all ages came to visit us and learn about urban gardening. But did you know Farm Chastain also delivered real health benefits to others beyond its gates?
Yes! Through our partnership with The Southeastern Horticultural Society, Farm Chastain has a sister farm in West Atlanta. Good Samaritan Farm is part of Good Samaritan Health Center that provides affordable medical, dental, mental health and health education services for underserved individuals and families.
Here’s how Farm Chastain works with Good Samaritan Farm to nourish the Atlanta community at large.
First, seeds are planted in the greenhouse by our own Farmer Josh at Good Samaritan. (Yes. He pulls double duty farming at Good Samaritan, too.) Next, Josh digs up the baby plants and transplants them at Farm Chastain. Sun shines down. Rain falls. Bees pollinate. Pesticides are not sprayed. Leaves grow. Beans sprout. And soon, before you know it, the garden is lush with organically grown, vitamin packed peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, sweet potatoes, squash, lettuce, herbs and more.