Saturday, 27 June 2015 04:44

Do NOT curb your enthusiasm

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.

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.

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, 

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

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 08:32

Why Play Chastain Matters by Jay Smith

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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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 01:01

Walk Chastain Construction Timeline

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

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. 

The idea for the Farm Chastain program is the brainchild of conservancy Board Member, Rosie Davidson, who will teach the classes along with her North Fulton Master Gardener associates. "Some people paint, but my way of being an artist is in the garden," said Davidson, whose own backyard made the Atlanta Botanical Garden's 2014 Tour of Private Gardens.  
Farm Chastain, an adjunct of the Chastain Park Conservancy is an educational urban garden. Since 2013, hundreds of school children, adults, veterans and anyone interested in organic gardening and living a healthy lifestyle have visited the farm.
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